Lakshmipur river port stuck in red-tape

10 December, 2019 12:00 AM printer

LAKSHMIPUR: Nearly three years have elapsed after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina laid down the foundation work of a river port at Maju Chowdhuryr Haat in Sadar upazila, but there has been no visible progress so far.

Sources at the district administration and locals said the Moju Chowdhuryr Haat launch terminal is situated 10 kilometres off the district town. Around 21,000 people from Barishal, Chattogram, Sylhet and Khulna division use the terminal every day, reports UNB.

The construction of a river port will ease communication for the people of 21 districts in addition to boosting economic growth, locals said.

The residents of the area have long been demanding a river port. In response, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina laid the foundation stones of the port along with 27 development projects in the district on March 14, 2017.

But after the inauguration, there is no progress in the construction work which is frustrating for the locals. They blamed the delay on a case filed against Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) by the launch terminal leaseholder and lack of coordination between Lakshmipur district administration and joint survey committee of Chandpur BIWTA.

Alamgir Hossain Member, the terminal leaseholder, said there is no relation between the case and the river port. “I’ll withdraw it if the administration wants me to do so,” he added.

Anjan Chandra Paul, deputy commissioner of Lakshmipur, said eight surveyors have been appointed for a joint survey. “The construction work will start the survey work is done,” he said.