CHATTOGRAM, Dec 20, 2020 (BSS) – Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud suggested taking the Bay-Terminal project forward as fast tech project as it will lessen pressure on the Chattogram port.
“Bay-Terminal should be taken forward as fast tech project as this will reduce the pressure on the Chattogram port. The second is to build a port under the bay terminal,” Dr Hasan virtually said as the chief guest in the meeting of the 14th advisory committee of Chattogram Port held at Shaheed Munshi Fazlur Rahman Auditorium here this afternoon.
Dr Hasan said, “Bangabandhu Shilpo Nagar, located 45 km away from the Bay Terminal, is becoming an industrial city. So, there is a need for constructing another port in the middle of the industrial city.”
The construction work of Laldia terminal needs to be taken forward as this will further increase the capacity of the port, the minister said, adding people who are living there are needed to be relocated.
Dr. Hasan Mahmud also opined that it is necessary to reduce the rent charge of vehicles at Chattogram port and also increase the car charge at Mongla port.
State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, who was present in the meeting in person, while talking to journalists after the meeting said that 98 percent national budget of Bangladesh is implemented with its own funds.
“The Padma Bridge is being built with our own funds. So, we feel proud. We don’t need to depend on anyone now,” he added.
The state minister said deep sea port at Matarbari is being built and Bangabandhu tunnel is being constructed beneath the Karnaphuli River.
“Elevated Expressway and Metrorail are also progressing fast. A railway line from Chattogram to Ghumdhum is also being built in Cox’s Bazar, all these are the outcome of the relentless efforts of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.” he added.
Zafar Alam, member of Chattogram port, conducted the function while Port Chairman Rear Admiral SM Abul Kalam Azad highlighted the progress of the decisions taken in the 13th meeting of port advisory council.
Engineer Mosharraf Hossain, MP, Deputy Minister of Education Barrister Mahibul Hasan Chowdhury Nawfel, MP, Mostafizur Rahman Chowdhury, MP, Moslem Uddin Ahmed, MP, Wasika Ayesha Khan, MP, Commissioner of Custom House Md. Fakhrul Alam, CDA Chairman M Zahirul Alam Dobhas, District Council Chairman Abdus Salam, C&F Agents Association President AKM Altaf Hossain, BGMEA 1st vice president Nasiruddin Chowdhury and Saif Powertech Managing Director Tarafdar Md. Ruhul Amin, among others, were present.