Cabinet committee on public purchase presided over by Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday approved Road Transport and Bridges Ministry proposal of appointing Australia and Denmark joint venture firm as a consultant of the project.
After the meeting, additional secretary to the Cabinet Division, Mustafizur Rahman, said a joint venture firm of SABT International Private Limited Australia, and QUWI Denmark in association with OBAY RU and Partners Denmark Limited, and AC Consultant Limited and Strategy Consultant Limited have been appointed for reviewing the design and supervision of Karnaphuli tunnel project.
He said cost of appointment of the consultant firm will be Tk291.37 crore, including VAT and tax.
Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to inaugurate the construction work of the country’s first tunnel under the river during his visit to Bangladesh early next month.
In last November, Ecnec approved the project at an estimated cost of Tk8,446.64 crore. The 3.4 kilometre-long tunnel is expected to take communication systems of the port city to a new height.