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Construction of the fifth deep sea port in Bangladesh at Sonadia can wait says Country’s Finance Minister

The establishment of the country's fifth deep-sea port proposed at Cox Bazar’s Sondaia which was earlier considered to be implemented in fast track mode has plunged into uncertainty following the reservations expressed by the country’s Finance Minister according Bangladesh Media reports.

The existing two ports in Chattiagong and Mongla are being upgraded, while construction of two deep-sea ports in Payra and Matarbari  are underway.

Only on completion of these Ports, the fifth port would be built at Sonadia, if need be, said Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal  while talking to newspersons on March 13th.

“It will take time. If we need that, we will go for building Sonadia port. Until then, these four ports will be good enough at this moment,” he said while briefing journalists after a meeting of the cabinet committee on purchase.

The meeting, chaired by the minister, was held at the Secretariat in the capital.

Ten proposals on different public purchases, including recruitment of a consultant for the first terminal of Payra Port in Patuakhali, were approved at the meeting.

Two consultancy firms -- Kunhwa Engineering and Consulting Co. Ltd, based in Korea, and Daeyoung and Heerim (JV) -- will jointly be recruited for the proposal for Payra Port that would involve  79 crore taka Bangladesh currency.

Replying to a query regarding completion of Payra Port, the minister said a huge volume of construction was going on there which would take five to seven years to complete.

On the Matarbari port in Cox's Bazar, he said the government was constructing the port such a way that big ships from around the world could easily use it.

The committee, at the meeting, also approved the proposal to import 50,000 tons of wheat, which would be supplied by an Australian company called SK International Private Limited. The cost of the wheat would be 271.75 US Dollars per ton.


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