Work on the construction of Patenga Container Terminal (PCT) is progressing fast with an aim to start its operation from June next year, reports BSS.
This project is going on in full swing round the clock for partial operation of the terminal project and nearly 30 percent of the construction work has already been completed, Omar Faruk, Secretary of Chattogram Port Authority (CPA) told the state news agency on Saturday. PCT is designed for unloading containers from vessel and its storing in the yard, he said.
Faruk said PCT will be equipped with modern handling equipment like Key gantry cranes and Rubber gantry cranes. The process of procuring these equipment is under process, he said.
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CPA sources said vessel may be berthed in the PCT within short possible time because of terminal being very near to estuary of Karnaphuli River. The cost of project is estimated at Taka 1,828 crore within the target and was supposed to be complete in 2017 but due to administrative unavoidable problems the project works delayed.
The PCT is situated over 32 acres of land with three berths of total 600 meters length and three vessels with 9.5 draft vessels will be able to take berth at a time in the terminal, CPA source said.
One oil jetty is being constructed beside the middle of these berths and PCT will handle 4 lakh TEUs containers annually, Secretary of CPA Omar Faruk told BSS.
With a view to handling more containers, PCT terminal is being constructed. Engineer Mizanur Rahman, Project Director of PCT told BSS that the civil works of the terminal is being implemented under the supervision of Engineering core of Bangladesh Army and 30 percent of this works was completed in the meantime and expected to complete the remaining works by December next.
In the meantime, processed to acquire four key gantry cranes and eight rubber tyre cranes have been undertaken, the sources said.