Bangabandhu Tunnel Under Karnaphuli
Authorities take possession of 62-acre land at Anowara end
CHATTOGRAM, Apr 9: The authorities of Bangabandhu Tunnel have taken the possession of 62 acres of acquired land at Anowara end of the tunnel.
The authorities concerned tried to take possession of the land on March 18, but they could not do the job in the face of resistance by the land owners.
The issue was resolved in a joint meeting of Chattogram District administration, the affected land owners and the local representatives held at the Land Ministry in Dhaka on March 20.
Following the meeting, the tunnel authorities have taken the possession of all 62 acres of land acquired for the project, said Harun-ur- Rashid Chowdhury, Project director of Bangabandhu Tunnel.
In November last year, the tunnel authorities handed over an amount of Tk 145 crore to Chattogram District administration for acquisition of 62 acres of land. The construction work of ten-kilometre long approach road has begun in January at Anowara end of the tunnel.
On February 24, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the boring of the Bangabandhu Tunnel under the Karnaphuli River at Patenga end of the project.
The tunnel is being built at a cost of Tk 9,880 crore to turn Chattogram into 'One City Two Towns'.
The total length of the tunnel will be around 9.092 kilometres, including 3.50 kilometres of tunnel under the Karnaphuli River with an approach road of 4.89 kilometres alongside 740 metres of bridges linking the main port city and western side of the Karnaphuli along with the heavy industry-prone eastern side of the river.
The multilane tunnel will connect Chattogram Port and Anowara upazila and is expected to make communication between Chattogram and Cox's Bazar easier in addition to reducing traffic congestions on two bridges over the Karnaphuli River.
China Communication Construction Company Ltd (CCCC) has been appointed as a consultant for construction of the tunnel.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Chinese President Xi Jinping jointly laid its foundation stone on October 14 in 2017. A memorandum of understanding was signed on June 10 in 2014 in Beijing in the presence of Prime minister Sheikh Hasina to construct the tunnel under the Karnaphuli River.
The 3.4 kilometre-long tunnel will be made of two tubes and have four lanes. There will be 740- metre approach road at its west end and 7,952- metre approach road at the east end.
The Chinese firm is constructing the tunnel and has completed 32 percent of the project as of now.