Five kilometers of Bangabandhu Tunnel link road visible

Published : 03 Oct 2022 08:05 PM

Five kilometers of the six-lane road is visible from the Bangabandhu Tunnel Link road crossing Y junction to Kalabibi Dighi Mor in Anwara.  The work of four lanes of the six-lane road should be completed before the opening of the tunnel.  The work of five kilometers of the four-lane road has been completed.  Remaining three kilometers work is going on.  The contractor company NDA said that carpeting on the road will start after these works are completed.

 Suman Singha, Executive Engineer of road and highway department, said that construction of 8.10 km six-lane road is underway from Crossing Y Junction to Dighir Mor in Kalabibi as a connecting road for the tunnel.  Its construction started in April 2021 by the contractor NDA.  The four-lane road will be opened for traffic in December this year after completing all the works.  It will take time to complete the remaining two lanes next year.  14 culverts have been completed.  Bangabandhu Tunnel Link Road from Crossing Y Junction of Bangabandhu Link Road to Dighi in Kalabibi is a Project of State Importance (KPA).  The contractor company NDA has a state-of-the-art lab under the supervision of the Roads and Highway Department in the Beige Camp area.  After testing the quality of bricks, sand, concrete, stone, bitumen, rods used in the project, the contractor is allowed to use it in the construction work.  Apart from this, the responsible officers of the road department are constantly supervising the work quality of this project.

Engineer Syed Abdul Hannan, project manager of the contracting company NDA, said that the construction of 21 culverts on the Dighi Mor road from the crossing to Kalabibi has been completed.  65 percent of the six-lane project has been completed.  The work can be completed within the next three months.

Its mentioned that 91 percent of Bangabandhu Tunnel work has been completed.  After completing of the work, preparations are underway to inaugurate the tunnel in December this year.

The government has taken the initiative to build a tunnel under the Karnaphuli river to connect Patenga city and Anwara in South Chattogram with the aim of developing the port city of Chattogram as a 'One city two town' model like the city of Shanghai in China.  Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Chinese President Xi Jinping laid the foundation stone of the project on October 14, 2016.  Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina officially inaugurated the construction of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Tunnel on February 24, 2019.  The cost of construction of the tunnel is estimated at tunnel Tk 10 thousand 374 crores.  Tk 5 thousand 913 crore 19 lakh is being financed by China Exim Bank as project loan.  Besides, the rest of the funding is from the Government of Bangladesh (GOB).  The Chinese contractor China Communication and Construction Company (CCCC) is implementing the tunnel construction project.

CUFL, KAFCO, Korean EPZ, Proposed China EPZ, Perki beach at one end of the tunnel.  Banskhali , Cox's Bazar, Matarbari Power Station, Matarbari Deep Sea Port through Anwara.  On the other hand, this tunnel project was taken with the aim of communicating with Bangabandhu Shilpa Nagar, which has been built over the large area of Chattogram Port's Bay-terminal and Sonagazi in Mirsarai and Feni.

Complex work of the project is over.  Now some technical work is going on.  The length of the tunnel is 3.32 km.  The length of each tunnel is 2.45 km.  The two tunnels have a total of four lanes.  5.35 km connecting road west and east with main tunnel.  727 meters long flyover at Anwara end.

The process of transportation of raw materials and manufactured goods from eastern industries to Chattogram port, airport and the north-western part of the country will be easier.  

Tourism industry will develop as a result of establishing easy communication system with the east end of Karnaphuli river.  

The opening of the tunnel will accelerate the development of the proposed industrial area on the eastern bank of the Karnaphuli river.  Improved and easy communication system will be established with Chattogram city, Chattogram port and airport located in the western end.  Travel time and cost will be reduced.