Construction of the tunnel under the Karnaphuli river is progressing rapidly
Staff Reporter | Update: 2020-02-18 21:55:23
Construction of the tunnel
Construction of the tunnel under the Karnaphuli river is progressing rapidly. Half of the work has already been completed. Traders expect the tunnel to play a key role in facilitating communication with Cox's Bazar-Teknaf as well as increasing foreign investment.
In China, One City Two Town, in Shanghai, has been working on the idea of building a tunnel along the Karnaphuli River. Bangladesh is the first river tunnel to be built in Bangladesh, among the South Asian countries. A four-lane, two-tubed, 3.4 kilo-meter-long tunnel with a 1,222-meter boring machine has already been excavated and installed in a ring.
Harunur Rashid, project director of Karnaphuli Tunnel, said there is more work here. Since the two tubes are working like this, I can finish within the time given by December 2022.
Li Chen, project director of China Communications Construction Company, said that the construction of the building is guaranteed, work is progressing quickly.
Traders hope the tunnel will play an important role in fully utilizing the Chittagong port and facilitating communication with southern Chittagong and Cox's Bazar-Teknaf. Also, foreign investment will increase as communication systems improve, said AM Mahbub Chowdhury, president of the Chittagong Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
City planner Ashiq Imran said, "The kind of world-class plan we have taken around Cox's Bazar and Teknaf will play a major role in implementing the plan."
China Communications Construction Company is building a tunnel as a contracting company. The cost of construction of the tunnel has been estimated at 9,880 croreTk. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the construction work of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Tunnel on 24th February, 2006.
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