Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday inaugurated and laid foundation stones of several development schemes involving Taka 11,072 crore at the Payra Seaport to make the port into a world standard facility.
She virtually inaugurated the development schemes that include capital dredging of the port, launching of eight ships, the first terminal and construction of a six-lane approach road and a bridge, from her official Ganabhaban residence in the capital.
The Prime Minister inaugurated the Payra Seaport on November 19 in 2013 and so far, 236 sea-going ships have arrived at the port, through which about Taka 548 crore revenue has been earned.
State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, MP, Shipping Secretary Md. Mostafa Kamal and Payra Port Authority Chairman Rear Admiral Mohammad Sohail spoke at the function held at Payra Port, Kalapara in Patuakhali.
A documentary on the Payra Port and the development projects was screened on the occasion.
The capital dredging of the seaport's Rabnabad channel will create a 75km-long, 100-125meter-wide and 10.5meter-deep channel, building a capacity to dock 40,000 tons of cargo or 3000 container-laden ships at the port.
The capital dredging channel will cost an estimated amount of Taka 4,950 crore while Belgium based dredging company Jan De Nul will carry out the dredging work.
The eight vessels inaugurated include two pilot vessels, two heavy duty speedboats, a buoy laying vessel, a survey boat and two tugboats.
Once the construction of the first terminal, the six-lane highway and the bridge is completed, three foreign ships carrying containers or bulk cargos will be able to dock simultaneously at the Payra Seaport.
After completion of the construction work of the first terminal at a cost of Taka 4,516.75 crore, it will be opened for operation by December, 2023.
The 6.35km-long six-lane approach road is being constructed by the Roads and Highways Department (RHD).
Spectra Engineers Limited has been appointed to construct the road at a cost of Taka 655.50 crore. The construction work of the road is expected to be completed by December, 2023.
A 1,180 meter-long bridge will be built at a cost of Taka 740 crore over the Andharmanik river to transport goods of the Payra Seaport.
The bridge is expected to be constructed in 30 months (two and a half years).