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Ecnec okays Mongla Port capacity expansion

  • Published at 05:43 pm February 18th, 2020
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina chairs an Ecnec meeting at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in Dhaka on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 PID

All the approved nine projects are new projects

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on Tuesday approved nine projects with an estimated cost of Tk13,639.01 crore including one for enhancing the capacity of Mongla Port with Tk6,014.62 crore.

The approval came from a meeting of the Ecnec with Ecnec Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair held at the NEC Conference Room in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister MA Mannan said that a total of nine projects were approved today involving an overall estimated cost of Tk13,639.01 crore.

“Of the total project cost, Tk8,886.44 crore will come from the government of Bangladesh portion, Tk293.16 crore from the concerned organization’s own fund while the rest of Tk4,459.41 crore from project assistance,” he added.

All the approved nine projects are new projects.

Mannan said the Mongla Port Authority under the Ministry of Shipping will implement the Mongla Port capacity enhancing project in a bid to ensure modern facilities for the port users.

Out of the total project cost of Tk6,014.62 crore for Mongla Port, Tk1,555.21 crore will come from the government of Bangladesh portion while the rest of Tk4,459.41 crore from the Indian Line of Credit.

The planning minister said apart from meeting the growing local demand of container handling, importers from India, Nepal and Bhutan would also be able to use this port.

Planning Commission officials said once this project is implemented, it would be possible to handle additional 15 million tons of cargo and 4,00,000 TEUs of containers.

They said the project to upgrade the Mongla Port has been drafted and thus given approval by Ecnec considering the upgradation of Dhaka-Mawa-Mongla Highway, the special economic zone adjacent to the Mongla Port, Padma Bridge construction, Khan Jahan Ali International Airport, Extension of Mongla EPZ, construction of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant.

The main project operations include construction of container terminals with all facilities at Jetty Number 1 and 2 of the port, construction of container handling yard and container delivery yard with all facilities, construction of service vessel jetty, shed and office, extension of port building, construction of MPA tower, port residential complex with community facilities, mechanical workshop, equipment yard, and marine workshop complex.