KHULNA: The government has taken a mega project for the development of Mongla Port, the second largest sea port of the country, reports BSS.
The mega project includes the construction of an economic zone near the port and building railway lines from Mongla to Kolkata in India via Nepal and Bhutan and necessary link roads for enhancing regional connectivity.Mongla Port has already turned into a profitable and busy port with enhanced foreign ship anchoring, cargo handling and exports and imports in the last nine years as the present government implemented various development projects after assuming office in 2009, according to sources.
Talking to BSS on Thursday, Chairman of Mongla Port Authority (MPA) Commodore AKM Faruk Hasan said development works involving over Taka 10,000 crore have been carried out in the last nine and a half years. Work on Mongla Economic Zone is nearing completion.
“We have taken a mega development project recently involving around Taka 6,500 crore. The Indian government will provide Taka 6,256 crore from the third Line of Credit (LoC) in the upcoming fiscal year to implement the project,” he added.
The Mongla Port would be enough to run a huge business after completion of the mega project. After the opening of the Padma Bridge, activities of the port will increase further, he said.
The purpose of the project is to provide modern facilities to the port users, he added.
Faruk said, the MPA will send the final project proposal to the shipping Ministry on Sunday or Monday next.Sources said, there will be around 12 components under the project.