Tk 119cr deal signed with Indian firm to dredge Passur River
The Mongla Port Authority has signed a deal with the Indian Dredging Corporation Ltd (DCIL) on Sunday to dredge the Passur River to ease plying of coal and construction laden vessels to the Rampal Power Plant.
DCIL Chairman Rajesh Tripathi has signed the deal worth Tk 119cr. The Passur River requires dredging to a depth of 5 meters to lift 3.9 million cubic feet meters of sand from across 8km of the river.
The dredging activity will start from August this year and will end in June 2018.
Earlier, the UNESCO has instructed the government to conduct a Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Rampal.
According to the UNESCO conditions, none of the large infrastructure including Rampal should be stopped. After the environmental assessment the UNESCO will decide about the project again.
But the government will continue its progress work at the project site. In this connection Elahi said, "We will continue the work of the Rampal project and will conduct strategic environmental assessment as well.
The government will submit the assessment report by December this year. The government claims that the UNESCO did instruct to stop the construction of the Rampal but has given one year time. After the meeting now UNESCO is flexible to the project.
The government is yet to decide from where it will import coal. Power Cell Director General Muhammad Hossain told the correspondent "We have no plan to import coal from India. The boiler of the Rampal Plant will not support Indian low grade coal."