PM inaugurates ‘newly built infrastructures, vessels’
Published: 02:49 PM, 6 May 2021 Updated: 09:52 PM, 6 May 2021
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina - File Photo
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated newly built infrastructures, vessels and projects under the Ministry of Shipping.
The Prime Minister inaugurated the development projects by connecting with the Ministry of Shipping and Patuakhali's Payra Port via video conference from Ganobhaban on Thursday morning.
The inaugurated infrastructures and vessels include - BIWTA’s 20 cutter suction dredgers, 63 dredging support vessels, training vessel ‘TS Ilias Ahmed Chowdhury (Dada Bhai)’, special inspection vessel ‘Inspector’, newly constructed Narayanganj Dredger Base; BIWTC’s two coastal passenger ships ‘MV Tajuddin Ahmed’ and ‘MV Ivy Rahman’; Payra Port Authority’s ‘Payra Housing’ Rehabilitation Center and Pabna, Barisal, Rangpur and Sylhet Marine Academies.
The ministry hoped that these infrastructures and vessels will add a new dimension to the development of the naval sector in the golden jubilee of country’s independence.
The inauguration of more than 100 vessels including 20 cutter suction dredgers made in Bangladesh in the golden jubilee of independence and Mujib Birth Centenary will be a significant landmark in the history of Bangladesh.
The ‘newly built infrastructure and vessels’ will play a major role in protecting the navigability of the river, development of waterways, passenger transportation in the coastal areas and formation of skilled naval personnel.
According to the implementation of the Delta Plan and the election manifesto of the Awami League, the government is determined to excavate 10,000 kilometers of waterways. Keeping this in view, 20 dredgers and 63 dredging assistant vessels have been prepared.
After the formation of the government in 2009, 16 dredgers were procured till 2015 with the aim of digging waterways and maintaining navigability.
At present, 20 dredgers have been added to BIWTA’s fleet, raising the total number of strong dredger units to 45.
The newly built state-of-the-art passenger ships ‘MV Tajuddin Ahmed’ and ‘MV Ivy Rahman’ have been built to make BIWTC’s coastal passenger ships and C-truck fleet efficient and up-to-date.
The two ships will operate in Kumira-Guptachara and Chattogram-Sandwip-Hatia-Barishal routes. The two ships will be able to carry 6.30 lakh passengers a year.
Earlier, in 2014 and 2015, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the passenger ships ‘MV Bangali’ and ‘MV Madhumati’.
BIWTC has a target of procuring 35 more commercial and six auxiliary vessels.
In order to rehabilitate the owners of the land, acquired for the construction of the country’s third seaport Payra Port, 500 houses with modern facilities were primarily handed over to them. 3423 more families will be rehabilitated in phases.