Kanchpur, Meghna, Gomti to get new parallel bridges
15 October 2015, Nirapad News: The Cabinet Purchase Committee have approved five proposals, including contract award for the construction of three parallel bridges to the existing Kanchpur, Gomti and Meghna bridges on the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway.
Rehabilitation and renovation works of the existing three bridges are also included in the contract of about Tk 6,000 crore which won a joint venture of four Japanese companies.
Japanese donor agency JICA has been providing financial support for the whole project.
Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu presided over the meeting on Wednesday in absence of Finance Minister AMA Muhith, who is now abroad.
Cabinet Division additional secretary Maksudur Rahman Patwari told reporters that the partners in the Japanese OSJI joint venture are Obayashi Corporation, Shimizu Corporation, JFE Engineering, and IHI Infrastructure Systems Co. Ltd.
These firms procured bids for the works separately, but submitted offers under a joint venture.
He said the total cost of the project is Tk 5,966.87 crore. The project will cover the construction of a 397.3-metre four-lane second Kanchpur bridge over the Shitalakkha River, rehabilitation of the existing bridge, constriction of a 703.5-metre long approach road, including a flyover and intersection.
It includes the construction of second Meghna Bridge with four lanes on the Meghna River, rehabilitation of the existing bridge, and construction of an 870-metre four-lane approach load.
Construction of the second 1.410-km long four-lane Gomti Bridge, rehabilitation of existing bridge, and construction of 1.10 km four-lane approach roads are also included in the project.
The cabinet purchase body also approved a proposal of the Local Government Division for the appointment of a consultant for Municipal Governance and Services project at a cost of Tk 45.40 crore for design, supervision and management of the project.
A proposal of the Industries Ministry for the import of 50,000 phosphoric acid for state-owned Fertilizer Company Limited received the cabinet body’s approval. Local firm Potron Traders will supply the acid at a cost of Tk 183.20 crore.
The committee also approved a Power Division proposal for the extension of tenure of financial closing for another 2 years for 163 MW gas-based power project. Kushiara Power Limited is engaged in the project.
A proposal for raising cost by Tk 11 crore was approved for the construction of Bangladesh Shipping Corporation’s 25-storey building.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet Economic Affairs Committee approved in principal a proposal of the Commerce Ministry to allow the import of old vehicles over 5 years’ age for development project.
Under the approval, different contractors of Dhaka WASA and other agencies can release their 113 heavy vehicles like crane from Chittagong port.