Govt to set up new seaport at Patuakhali
Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan on Sunday said the government would construct another seaport at Patuakhali and a shipbuilding zone at Patharghata. “Surveys have already been ended in those areas and the construction work will begin soon,” he said.
Foreign investment proposals have been received for the proposed shipbuilding zone, he added. The shipping minister was speaking as the chief guest at a discussion meeting organized by Dhaka-based Dashmina-Galachipa Awami Oikya Forum at Dhaka Reporters Unity auditorium in the city.
Former State Minister KM Jahangir Hossain, Patuakhali Science and Technology University’s Agriculture Faculty Dean Prof AKM Mostafa Zaman also addressed the meeting while Advocate M Yunus Miah was in the chair.
Shahjahan Khan said the government has taken various steps for smoothening the communication of common people through the river routes in the southern region. The minister said there was no development of the country’s river ways after 1975. The total length of river ways has now reduced to only 6,000 kilometers, he added.