River routes can be extended in Bhutan with completion of Payra Canal: PM

TBS report

October 27, 2022, 11:40 a.m.

Last modification: October 27, 2022, 12:26 p.m.

PM Sheikh Hasina/TBS Sketch.

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With the completion of the Payra Canal, the waterways can be extended to North Bengal, Assam and Bhutan, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said.

“We have undertaken the capital dredging works for the port of Payra, which is the largest dredging work in the country,” she said during the inauguration and laying of the first stones of several projects of development at Payra Seaport on Thursday.

Once the dredging works are completed, a channel 75 km long and 100 to 125 m wide will be created, the prime minister said.

The capital dredging channel will cost an estimated Tk 4,950 crore while Belgium based dredging company Jan De Nul will carry out the dredging works.

“Regular dredging works must be carried out to maintain the waterways. With the completion of the Payra Canal, the waterways can be extended to North Bengal, Assam and Bhutan,” Sheikh Hasina said.

She also said that when the Payra port development works are completed, ships with a capacity of 3,000 teu or 40,000 to 50,000 tons will be able to berth at the port.

Work on the port’s first terminal has progressed considerably, the prime minister said.

She said three vessels with a capacity of 200 meters each will be able to anchor at the 650-meter terminal. At the same time, the port will be able to handle containerized goods and bulk goods, which will facilitate trade.

With the completion of the Payra Port connectivity works, the connection with the international trade corridor will be enhanced and neighboring countries including India, Bhutan and Nepal will benefit.

The Prime Minister inaugurated Payra seaport on November 19, 2013 and so far 236 seagoing vessels have arrived at the port, from which about 548 crore in revenue has been earned.

Sheikh Hasina also said, “Payra Port is the first project developed with the money from the Bangladesh Infrastructure Development Fund. Also in the future, we will use the money from our reserve for various infrastructure projects.

“We lent the money to Payra Port at a very minimal service charge. Many might wonder why the reserve is being used, we are not hoarding the reserve rather than using it for people, to buy food. food, to buy fertilizer.”

Eight ships, a six-lane link road, the cornerstone of a bridge over the Andharmanik River were inaugurated by the Prime Minister on Thursday.

Seven of the eight ships were built in Bangladesh. These vessels will ensure the handling of foreign vessels in the port and will carry out maintenance work in the channel. Thus, currency earnings will increase.

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