Govt plans to build two jetties at Mongla port

Govt plans to build two jetties at Mongla port
UK firm interested in constructing jetties under PPP
Asif Showkat

The shipping ministry has decided to construct two jetties at the country’s second largest Mongla port under a Private–Public Partnership (PPP), according to shipping ministry sources. A British port construction company – Patovo has already shown interest in construction of the two jetties.

The project styled “Permanent port on Purssur River” for construction of seven jetties was undertaken in 1980 under the second Five-Years Plan but the jetty three and four were not constructed due to fund constraints.

The shipping ministry last month took a decision on construction of those two jetties as there is the possibility that the Indian government may use Mongla port as transit port.

A proposal on construction of two Mongla port jetties under PPP is likely to be placed at the next committee of cabinet committee on economic affairs.

As per the proposal, construction of the two jetties will cost Tk 960 million which will be constructed within one year.

The two jetties will be constructed under Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis, according to the proposal.

Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan told daily sun that the country’s second largest Mongla port would be constructed as one of the modern ports. It might be used as a transit port, he added.

He further said two jetties of Mongla will be constructed under PPP initiate, and so we hope foreign investors will show interests in investing in implementing the project, he added.

The minister also said the British company ‘Patovo’ has already shown interest in construction of two jetties. Construction of jetties will start from next year, he added.

Meanwhile, Mongla Port has under taken eight projects at a cost of Tk 3.07 billion to make the port dynamic. Of them, one project has already been implemented and implementation of the remaining projects is under process.

Earlier, on an average only 4 to 5 ships used to anchor in the port every month but now-a-days 8 to 10 ships are arriving in the port per day as the facilities in the port were enhanced due to direct initiative of the present government.

Source said car carrying ships have started arriving at Mongla port for the first time. Moreover, according to decision of the government 40 percent imported food grain is being unloaded at this port. At the same time, arrival of fertiliser carrying ships has also been increased significantly.

The revenue income through Mongla Customs House was doubled in the outgoing financial year. Mongla Customs realised Tk 8074.6 million against the target of Tk 3463.4 million in 2010-2011 financial year. The record amount of revenue income from the port was possible due to increased loading and unloading and arrival of more foreign ships, official source said.

Customs source said Tk 2314.6 million was realised as duty in 2004-2005 financial year. Later, arrival of ships and loading unloading has fallen in Mongla Port for various reasons. For this reasons revenue income fell to Tk 1744.6 million in 2005-2006.


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