Bangabandhu Tunnel`s 2nd channel opens on Friday...

Dhaka, Tuesday   26 October 2021

Bangabandhu Tunnel`s 2nd channel opens on Friday

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 04:08 PM, 5 October 2021   Updated: 05:39 PM, 5 October 2021

Bangabandhu Tunnel`s 2nd channel opens on Friday

Bangabandhu Tunnel`s 2nd channel opens on Friday

The construction of the second channel of Bangabandhu Tunnel under the mega project Karnafuli River is set to be completed by next Friday (October 8). The second channel of the tunnel will be opened on this day.

Planning Minister MA Mannan came up with the development while speaking to reporters today.

The Planning Minister said the ECNEC meeting was informed that the work of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman tunnel under River Karnaphuli is likely to be completed much before the stipulated timeframe of December 2022. 

He said that out of the two channels of the tunnel, the work of one has already been completed while the other one is likely to be accomplished soon, most likely on Friday. 

"Hopefully, the work of the tunnel will be completed much before December's a matter of great happiness for the government. The main physical work of the tunnel is nearing completion while the project didn't witness any revision, rather there will be save of some public funds," he added. 

The tunnel, being constructed at a depth of 18 to 43 metres below the water, will connect Chattogram city with the other side of the Karnaphuli River. The project was planned to develop the city of Chattogram in the "One City Two Towns" model like the city of Shanghai, China.

Approved in 2015 involving an estimated cost of Tk8,447 crore, the project was supposed to be completed by 2020. However, in 2018, the duration of the project was extended till December 2022 as the work was not speeded up due to various complications. 

The total cost of the project in the revised project has been estimated at Tk10,374 crore. The Exim Bank of China is giving a hard loan of Tk5,913 crore. China Communication Construction Company Ltd is working as the contractor for the project.