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
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.