Bay container terminal construction to start soon

Ferdous Ara . Chittagong | Published: 00:36, Sep 10,2018 | Updated: 00:41, Sep 10,2018


The construction work of long awaited Bay Container Terminal is going to start soon in Chittagong to mobilise the port activities as the problem involving land acquisition is almost over, officials have said.
The construction work of the project under Chittagong Port Authority had slowed down over land acquisition process.
CPA chairman Commodore Zulfiqur Aziz told New Age that there was no other hurdle in the way of the terminal.
Chittagong district administration on Tuesday would hand over the compensation cheque to the owners of 68 acres of private land acquired for constructing the terminal, he said.
Deputy commissioner of Chittagong Elius Hossain will hand over the cheque and then the local administration will hand over the land to CPA.
These works completed, the construction of much hyped fast track project of the ruling government BCT will begin.  
The bay terminal has been proposed on a 1,200-acre island in the Bay of Bengal off the coast of Patenga in the city. It is near the Chittagong Port and Chittagong Export Processing Zone. The estimated cost of the project is Tk 17,500 crore.
Earlier, due to lengthy land acquisition process, port stakeholders had expressed worries regarding the terminal.
The CPA chairman said there was no more problem.
Primarily 907 acres of land were identified for the terminal. Among them 68 acres of land were privately-owned. The rest 839 acres are government land.
Five countries — Singapore, Korea, the United Arab Emirates, China and India — are competing to get the construction work.
On May 2017, China Merchants Sports Holding Company Limited sent a letter to CPA for constructing the terminal in G2G format.
Singapore based PSA company expressed their interest to operate the terminal rather construction of the terminal.
International Port Development Co-operation of Korea expressed their interest to construct the terminal and other related works. They had done another feasibility study.
DP World of the UAE expressed their interest to construct the terminal in built-own transfer method.
CPA sent a letter to the Ministry of Shipping to know their decision regarding these countries and their proposals.
BCT project already got no-objection certificate from 15 agencies concerned, including Department of Environment, Chittagong Development Authority, Chittagong City Corporation, Fire Services, Chittagong WASA, Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Ltd and Bangladesh Police.
There will be three terminals — 1,500-metre multipurpose terminal, 1,225-metre container terminal and 830-metre container terminal-2.
The BCT will have two dolphin jetties — one for handling coal to be imported for coal-fired plants in Bangladesh and the other for handling cement clinkers.
In 2006, the land acquisition process for the proposed terminal started on the bank of Bay of Bengal near Patenga-Halishahar. Chittagong Development Authority took 18 months to issue no objection certificate.
In a feasibility study, Hamburg Port Consulting estimated that the project will require about $2.4 billion to be completed.
CPA member (admin and planning) Md Zafar Alam said that they would start land development work after getting the acquired land from Chittagong district administration.

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