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Karnaphuli tunnel to open to traffic by December

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 30 July, 2022 12:00 AM
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CHATTOGRAM: Both the tubes of the under-construction "Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Tunnel" beneath the Karnaphuli River will be opened to traffic in phases by December this year.

After holding a discussion with all the deputy commissioners, superintendents of police, and chiefs of law enforcement agencies of Chattogram Division at the Divisional Commissioner’s Office on Friday, Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam said this in reply to a question from journalists.

"We hope to open one tube of the tunnel at the end of October or the first week of November, and the second one by December," said the cabinet secretary.

He also termed the completion of the mega project within the deadline as a big success for Bangladesh.

 Anwarul said, "Political leaders and locals on both sides of the tunnel have cooperated a lot in completion of the project. Thank you all. The project has been implemented very smoothly. Implementation of such a big project on time without any cost variation will be considered as a model for Bangladesh in the future."

It is noteworthy that the Bridge Authority of the Road Transport and Bridges Ministry took the initiative of constructing the tunnel with the aim of connecting the southern part of the port city with Anwara Upazila on another bank of the river, following the model of ‘One City and Two Towns.’

The project objectives also include the improvement of road communication in the country’s southeastern region; getting connected with the Asian highway network; planned urbanisation on both banks of the river; and enhancing facilities for the Chattogram Port.

China Communications Construction Company Limited is implementing the project to construct the dream 9.39-kilometer tunnel with two tubes for traffic.

Of the total length, the main tunnel will be 3.4 km long, the approach roads in the east and west end at 5.35 km, and an over bridge (viaduct) at 727 metres.        The tunnel will connect the Naval Avenue point of the port city and CUFL point under the Anwara Upazila in the district.

The project involving Tk 10,374 crore is being implemented with funds from the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) and China.