State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury on Saturday said the government will enhance the capacity of waterway transportation for reducing pressure of vehicles on highway.
“Since the assumption of power, the Awami League government has been working for the development of waterway. Now, the government is working to enhance the capacity of waterway transportation to reduce the pressure of goods-laden vehicles on highway,” he said.
In the ceremony, the officials of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) signed a contract worth Tk 4.3billion with two joint venture companies for carrying out development and excavation work on 13 routes.
BIWTA took a project worth Tk 33.49billion to maintenance and preserve navigation of some 900 kilomtres waterways on the Dhaka-Chattogram corridor (Ashuganj, Naryganj and Barishal) by performance-based contact dredging.
Under the project, six cyclone shelters for water vessels will be constructed; four passenger and two cargo terminals, 15 landing stations and two multipurpose vessels will be procured and conservation dredging will be done in three ferry crossing zones.
BIWTA officials said Chattogram-Dhaka corridor is important for the bilateral trade relation of Bangladesh and India and more than 80 percent of the country’s inland vessels operate through the corridor and two lakh waterways passengers use the corridor daily.