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53 temporary chemical warehouses to be built in Tongi

  • Published at 01:09 am September 19th, 2019
AHM Mustafa Kamal
File photo of Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal Courtesy

The project will be implemented on some six (6) acres of land in Kathaldia Mouza in Tongi industrial area

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) in a meeting on Wednesday approved a project for construction of 53 temporary chemical warehouses in Tongi industrial area on an urgent basis for relocation of private chemical stores from old Dhaka.

Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal presided over the meeting.

Earlier, the Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved the project considering the emergency of relocation of chemical stores from old Dhaka. Estimated cost of the project was set at Tk91.74 crore.

The Cabinet Committee on Government Purchase (CCGP) also cleared the project Wednesday.

The project will be implemented on some six (6) acres of land in Kathaldia Mouza in Tongi industrial area, Kamal told reporters during a briefing after the meeting at the secretariat.

The finance minister said the project’s procurement would follow the Direct Purchase Method (DPM) under section 68 (1) of the Public Procurement Act 2006.

The finance minister said the project would be implemented with no delay as the government wanted no more casualty from fire incidents in the coming days.

“It will be implemented on an emergency basis,” Kamal said.

On February 20, this year, a fire that broke out in a private chemical store at Chawkbazar left some 81 people dead and several hundred injured seriously. In 2010, another fire at Nimtoli  left some 120 people dead.

The finance minister said private chemical stores were built in old Dhaka with no safety measures, which was often causing fire incidents.

Bangladesh Steel and Engineering Corporation (BSEC) is the implementing agency of the chemical warehouse construction project.

Meanwhile, the CCGP cleared a Tk91.98 crore project styled ‘Electricity supply system improvement and expansion at Comilla, Brahmanbaria, Chandpur, Noakhali, Feni and Laksmipur.'

The project components included establishing five new power substations, overhaul of four existing sub stations and installing one switchyard in the south-east zone of the country.

Chinese company, China Energy Engineering Group Jiangsu No.3 Electric Power Construction Co Ltd has been awarded the work.  

The CCGP also approved a Tk38.60 crore consultancy services for design and construction supervision of Paira Bridge (Lebukhali Bridge) over the river Paira on Barishal-Patuakhali Road.

Intercontinental Consultants and Technocrats Pvt Ltd and Kunhwa Engineering and Consulting Co. Ltd, Dr Nabil Abdur-Raheem Consultants and Engineering and Planning Consultants Ltd would jointly provide the consultancy service.