Japanese consultants to oversee works on 17 bridges
The government on Monday signed an agreement with a group of Japanese consultants to oversee construction works on 17 bridges, including Kalna Bridge over the Madhumati River, involving around Tk 2,500 crore.
The contract was signed between Roads and Highways Department (RHD) and a consortium of Japanese consultants at the Setu Bhaban in the city in the presence of Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader.
RHD chief engineer Ibne Hasan Alam and leader of lead partner Oriental Consultants Global Company Limited, Oriental Consultants Company Limited and Padco Company limited Atsushi Nishimura and managing director Ryohei Ishii inked the deal on behalf of their respective sides.
The other consultant companies are Smack International PTY Limited, Japan Bridge and Structure Institute In-corporation, ACI consultants Limited, Development Design Consultants Limited and BCL Associates Limited.
At a press briefing after the agreement, Obaidul Quader said five of the bridges will be constructed on Benapole-Madaripur road, eight on Baroiarhat-Ramgarh road and four on Cox's Bazar-Chittagong road under the Cross Border Road Network Improvement Project. Of the total project cost, Japan will provide Tk 1900 crore, he said.
Construction of the Kalna Bridge is important to get full benefit of Padma Bridge, said the minister adding that the 700-km bridge, including a 4-km link road, will be built spending Tk 672 crore and the construction work will start by March next year. —UNB