The Payra Port Authority on Tuesday signed a contract with a joint-venture of South Korean consultants to construct the first terminal of the port within 2021.
Earlier the government has taken plan to construct two terminals including six berths and preserving a 10.5 meter deep channel for the port by 2021, said officials.
Currently — loading and unloading of goods from mother vessels at the outer anchorage — are taking place in limited scale at the port area.
The contract was signed at a ceremony at the shipping ministry.
Under the plan of construction of main port, a project was taken to construct the first terminal of the port including three berths and other facilities at the cost of Tk 3,982.1 crore which was already approved by the ECNEC.
The contract cost of the consultancy was fixed at Tk 79.52 crore while they would get 36 months to complete the project’s design and supervision phases.
In the JV– Kunhwa Engineering and Consulting Company Limited will work as lead partner while Daeyoung Engineering Company Limited and Heerim Architects and Planners Company Limited will work as partner.
Payra Port Authority chairman Commodore M Jahangir Alam, Kunhwa Engineering and Consulting Company Limited president Jeong Laenoh, Daeyoung Engineering Company Limited director Dae Jinkim and Heerim Architects and Planners Company Limited country manager Eun Sangjo signed the contract on behalf of their organisations in presence of shipping secretary Md Abdus Samad.
These three companies will work as main consultants while Symbiotic Architects from Bangladesh will work as sub-consultant.
Under the contract, a 6.5 kilometre six-lane port access road, a six-lane 520 meter medium bridge, a 1,050 meter six-lane river crossing bridge, jetty with slope protection, terminal with utility service and yard facilities and temporary jetty will be constructed.
The consultants are also scheduled to reconstruct a road and purchase marine crafts and yard equipment under the project.
For designing the project, the consultants will get six months and for supervising the project’s civil, electrical, mechanical and other works they will get 30 months.
The Payra Port construction is one of the fast track projects of the government for which short, mid and long term planning have been taken.
The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on November 19 in 2013 inaugurated the port at Kalapara in Patuakhali to meet the demand for ports following expansion of business.
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