Mongla Port getting a big facelift
KHULNA, Mar 12: Mongla Port has under taken 8 projects at a cost of Tk. 3.07 billion to make the port dynamic. Of them one project has already been implemented and the remaining projects are under process for implementation.
On an average only 4/5 ships anchored in the port per month but now a days 8/10 ships are arriving in this port per day due to direct initiative of the present government.
Source said that for the first time car carrying ships have started arriving in the port. Moreover, according to decision of the government 40% imported foodgrain have been unloaded from this port. At the same time arrival of fertiliser carrying ships have also been increased significantly. Meanwhile, the project of rail line from Khulna to Mongla has been approved in the ECNEC. Besides, the process of the shifting of Mongla customs house from Khulna has started in response to the demand of the port users.
Mongla port sources said some projects have been taken for the development of the port. Meanwhile, modern equipment have been procured worth about Tk. 229.7 million for smooth handling of containers and general goods. A tender has been called recently in the name of “Navigation Aid to Mongla Port” for the construction of light tower for the easy movement of ships at night. Another project has been taken at a cost of Tk 70 million for construction of infrastructure development for those affected by the SIDR and other calamities.
A dredging project for the Poshur channel was under taken at a cost of Tk. 584.6 million for easy movement of 9 metre draft ship at Mongla Port. A tender will be called within a short time. Procuring a cutter suction dredger is under way at a cost of Tk. 582.3 million for maintaining dredging at port channel and the project is a waiting approval.
Moreover, various development programmes that have been taken included construction of multipurpose jetty, capital dredging, computerisation and management information system, surface water treatment plant and infrastructure development work.
Director (Traffic) of MPA Mahabubullah said that the Mongla Port will be turned into a modern port for various steps taken by the present government. Meanwhile, decisions have been taken over the service of Roro ferry at Dhaka-Mawa ferry ghat, shifting of customs head office at Mongla, construction oil depot of BPC, weigh bridge, set up new industries at MEPZ and a port thana, he added.