The construction work of the tunnel under the river Karnaphuli will be inaugurated in April next. The minister said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Chinese President will jointly lay foundation stone of the construction work, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said.
The minister said this while inaugurating 2.5 kilometer long Arban Ali road built at a cost of Tk 93.8 million at Karnaphuli thana area of Chittagong on Wednesday.
"The construction work of the 3.5 kilometre long tunnel at a cost of Tk 85 billion would be completed within four years and a new township would be developed on the other side of the Karnaphuli River after the tunnel is built", he said.
He said all preparations including signing memorandum of understanding (MoU), a commercial deal with Chinese firm and ECNEC approval of government have been completed to start construction work.
Representatives from loan financer Exim Bank of China visited the tunnel construction site at 11 am today and an agreement between Chinese Exim Bank and External Relation Division (ERD) will be signed within next one month, the minister said.
"Besides, five kilometre six-lane road on north side of Shah Amanat Bridge and three kilometres on its south side would be turned into four-lane road at a cost of Tk 304 crore", the minister said.
Quader also said the government would construct another marine drive road from Mirsarai of Chittagong to Cox's Bazar for easy transportation. The construction work of much awaited Dhaka-Chittagong highway would be completed within May next and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the highway, according to BSS. –Mithun