The government on Sunday extended the consultancy service deal with the Mott MacDonald Ltd for three more years and decided to import 30,000 tonnes of extra fuel oil on an emergency basis.
The Mott MacDonald Ltd has been giving consultancy services as an ‘independent engineer’ to the much-vaunted Dhaka Elevated Expressway since 2013.
The extension, approved by the cabinet committee on economic affairs at a meeting on the day at the Secretariat, would end in 2021.
Agricultural minister Mohammad Abdur Razzaque who presided over the meeting in absence of finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said that the Mott MacDonald Ltd would receive Tk 53 crore for the consultancy service.
In June, road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader said that the first phase of the expressway, from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport to Banani Rail Station, would be opened to traffic in January.
He also said that the entire expressway, 46.73-kilometre long, would be opened in March 2022.
Taken up in 2011 as a public-private-partnership project, only 50 per cent of the Tk 8,940.18-crore expressway was completed till June.
The Bridges Department signed a contract with the Ital-Thai Development Company on Jan 19, 2011to construct the expressway.
Since 2017, the China Hydropower Construction Group International Engineering Co. Ltd (China Hydropower International) and the China Shandong International Economic and Technical Cooperation Group Co. Ltd have joined in the project.
The Ital-Thai now owns 51 per cent of the project while the China Shengdong International Economic and Technical Company Group Limited owns 35 per cent and the Sino Hydro 14 per cent.
Mohammad Abdur Razzaque said that the committee also approved import of 30,000 tonnes of octane at a cost of Tk 159.92 crore on an emergency basis by the Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation from Indonesia under the government-to-government deal.
The BPC has already imported 15,000 tonnes of octane in addition to 60,000 tonnes in the current year.
BPC officials said that the demand for the automobile fuel sharply increased in last six months because of price increase of compressed natural gas and the high growth in the numbers of motorbikes and cars across the country.
The minister also presided over a meeting of the cabinet committee on economic affairs later at the same venue.
The committee approved the proposal for appointing consultant Nippon Koei at a cost of Tk 172.17 crore on the Japanese Economic Zone Project in Narayanganj and procurement of 50,000 tonnes of wheat at a cost Tk 113.62 crore from a Singapore-based supplier.
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