The government has appointed six consulting firms at a cost of Taka 243 crore 17 lakh 59 thousand 573 to conduct feasibility study and formulate a master plan for the construction of bridges over Shariatpur-Chandpur and Gazaria-Munshiganj roads on the Meghna river.The purchase proposal was approved at a virtual meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Public Procurement chaired by Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal on Wednesday. The virtual meeting was attended by committee members, senior secretaries of cabinet departments, secretaries of concerned ministries and senior officials.
At present there is a ferry on the Meghna river on the Shariatpur-Chandpur route. Alubazar ferry wharf in Vedarganj upazila of Shariatpur and Harina ferry wharf in Chandpur at the other end. The distance between the two ferries is 10 km. The bridge department has also invited tenders for the survey of the construction of the bridge here. There are regional highways at both ends of these two ghats. The Department of Roads and Highways has prepared a DPP for the construction of a four-lane road from Naodoba on the Jajira side of the Padma River to Shariatpur Sadar. This information has been known from the relevant sources of the Road Transport and Highways Department and the Ministry of Bridges. It is learned that various initiatives were taken during the tenure of the Awami League government from 1996 to 2001 to bring a radical change in the road communication system of the country. As part of this, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in 2001 proposed to build five long bridges across the country, from the Alubazar ferry terminal in Shariatpur to the Harina ferry terminal in Chandpur. Of the four bridges that need to be built, one is the Padma Bridge, which is under construction from Mawa in Munshiganj to Jajira in Shariatpur. Experts in the road sector say the construction of a 10-kilometer bridge or tunnel from Alubazar to Harina Ferry Ghat will facilitate communication between the southern and south-western parts of the country and the Chittagong and Sylhet divisions.
After the meeting, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal and Additional Secretary to the Cabinet Dr. Shahida Akter outlined various aspects of the approved proposals. The Finance Minister said, “Today (Wednesday) the 12th meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs and the 14th meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Public Procurement were held.” Two proposals were raised for the approval of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs and six for the approval of the Cabinet Committee on Procurement. Among the proposals presented to the procurement committee were four from the Road Transport and Highways Department, one from the Energy and Mineral Resources Department, one from the Food Ministry, one from the Housing and Public Works Ministry and one from the Bridges Department.
The committee did not approve a purchase proposal from the Road Transport and Highways Department. Besides, the Department of Public Works under the Ministry of Housing and Public Works has approved the re-tender. In other words, the total amount of money in the 6 approved proposals is one thousand 57 crore 71 lakh 69 thousand 160 rupees.
At the end of the meeting, the Additional Secretary presented the details of the approved proposals. Shahida Akhter said, “The bridge authority under the bridge department has jointly conducted a feasibility study on the construction of a bridge over the Meghna river between Chandpur and Shariatpur districts and a master plan for the construction of a master plan. The committee approved the appointment of Company Limited, Dohwa Engineers Company Limited of South Korea, Development Design Consultant Limited of Bangladesh, BCL Associates and Dave Consultant Limited. It will cost 243 crore 16 lakh 59 thousand 573 rupees. In addition, Petrobangla under the Department of Energy and Mineral Resources has approved a purchase proposal to purchase 33 lakh 60 thousand MMBTU LNG from the 11th LNG AOT Trading AG, Switzerland from the spot market. It will cost 243 crore 30 lakh 32 thousand 358 rupees.
However, the construction work of WD-01 package of ‘Khulna Shipyard Road Widening and Development’ project has been rejected and re-evaluated by rejecting the recommendation of TEC.