Shipping minister Shahjahan Khan on Thursday told Jatiya Sangsad that decision about constructing a deep sea port in Cox’s Bazar district would be taken after getting an ongoing feasibility study report being conducted by Japan International Cooperation Agency.
Responding to a question from lawmaker AKM Shahjahan Kamal from Lakshmipur 3, the shipping minister in a scripted answer said that the project for construction of a deep sea port in Cox’s Bazar district was incorporated in the government’s fast track projects.
Shahjahan Khan said techno economic feasibility study for setting up the deep sea port was conducted by Pacific Consultants International of Japan in 2009.
The minister informed the House that the consultant firm PCI had recommended in the study report for constructing a deep sea port at Sonadia in Cox’s Bazar.
Besides, a feasibility study for construction of a deep sea port at Matarbari is being conducted by Japan International Cooperation Agency, he said.
After receiving the study report, decision would be taken considering overall sides for construction of the port, Shahjahan Khan said.
He said an idea about the amount of money to be needed for construction of the port could be known after getting the JICA report.
Construction of a deep sea port is an expensive project, the minister said, adding that appropriate steps were being taken for implementation of the project through communicating and coordinating with various countries, donor agencies and interested institutions.
Replying to a supplementary question from Motahar Hossain, the minister said 11 landports out of a total 23 ports remained operative.
In reply to a starred question from lawmaker Ali Azam (Bhola-2), the shipping mnister said the government has taken a plan to dredge 53 river routes for reviving nearly dead rivers for keeping the river communication system in operation.
Shahjahan Khan said the government has taken various plans for modernising the river routes.
As part of excavation of 53 river routes at a cost of Tk 1,923 crore, 24 river routes will be excavated in the first phase, he said, adding that the dredging works of 12 important river routes are going on at a cost of Tk 508.46 crore.
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