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Dhaka-Ctg expressway PPP project scrapped

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 18 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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The much-hyped Dhaka-Chattogram expressway project that had been planned under public private partnership (PPP) has been scrapped.

“Approval has been given in principle to scrap the ‘Construction of Dhaka-Chattogram Expressway’ project. So, the project is not being implemented under PPP,” Additional Cabinet Secretary Md Shamsul Arefin said on Sunday.

He was talking to reporters at a virtual press briefing after a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Government Purchase held with Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal in the chair.

Instead, the meeting decided to expand the existing Dhaka-Chattogram four-lane highway and construct service lanes on both sides with own money, the official told the reporters. In reply to a question why the project has been cancelled after spending Tk 1 billion on it, he said: “It was a feasibility study. So, the money has not been wasted; rather it saved money from being wasted.”

The decision of scrapping the PPP project came at the meeting after it held an elaborate discussion on the feasibility study report that had been done with GoB fund, Kamal said.

The scheme is conflicting with the government plan to upgrade national highways into four-lane ones across the country with service roads, he informed.

The feasibility study and detailed design of the project were done after the project proposal got approval in principle at the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on March 13, 2013, official sources said.

Another PPP project -- Hatirjheel-Chattogram Road four-lane road -- has also been withdrawn, according to Arefin.

It got approval in principle in late January 2016. In December last year, the cabinet committee asked PPP authority to further examine the proposals of Chinese investors --China Communications Construction Company Ltd and China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC).