‘Bangabandhu Tunnel’ – one step ahead of fulfilling dreams
Published: 07:25 PM, 4 August 2020
Photo: Daily Bangladesh
The biggest ‘Bangabandhu Tunnel’ in South Asia under construction in Chattogram has taken another step towards fulfilling the dream. Construction company China Road and Bridge Engineering Company (CRBC) said in a statement on Monday that work on one end of the tunnel had been completed.
They said the construction of the left line of the tunnel was completed on Sunday. This completed an important part of the project.
Located below the Karnaphuli River, the 9.3-km long tunnel will connect the two banks of the river. This is the first tunnel in Bangladesh – its main structure is 2450 meters long and 11.6 meters in diameter.
The Dhaka-Chattogram-Cox’s Bazar highway will be connected through this tunnel. The car will run at a maximum speed of 80 km with four lanes on two separate routes.
The tunnel, which starts next to the Naval Academy on the outskirts of the city, will reach the southern end of the river between CUFL (Chittagong Urea Fertilizer Limited) and KAFCO (Karnaphuli Fertilizer Company Limited) factories – which will be 150 feet deep in the middle of the river.
On October 14, 2016, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Chinese President Xi Jinping laid the foundation stone of the project. Later on February 24, 2019, Sheikh Hasina officially inaugurated the construction of Karnaphuli Tunnel or Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Tunnel.
The construction cost of the tunnel has been estimated at Tk 9,880 crore. China Exim Bank is financing Tk 5,913 crore as a project loan. Besides, the rest is funded by the Government of Bangladesh.