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Master Plan likely to be approved next month

Published : Wednesday, 20 September, 2023 at 12:00 AM  Count : 284
Nurul Amin

CHATTOGRAM, Sept 19: The Master Plan for the construction of the Bay Terminal of Chattogram Port including the detailed area plan framed by the appointed consultant is expected to be approved in October, said Rear Admiral Muhammad Sohail, Chairman of Chattogram Port Authority (CPA).

The Master Plan had been submitted to the Shipping Ministry for approval in January.

The Master Plan has been prepared by the appointed two Consultant firms - Kun Hwa Engineering and Consulting Company Limited and Daeyoung Engineering Company Limited of South Korea - which had been appointed as a consultant for Bay Terminal in April, 2022, CPA sources said.

He hoped that the Development Project Proposal (DPP) would also be approved next month.

As per executive summary, this Master Plan of Bay Terminal is initiated from the previous feasibility study which was completed in 2017. The previous feasibility study has been updated concurrently with this Master Plan.

For Master Plan and feasibility study update, various studies and investigations have been conducted such as Cargo Vessel and Road Traffic Projection, Urban Drainage Assessment, Railway Connection, Environmental and Social Impact Assessment, etc.
In the development of this Master Plan, numerous meetings were held with CPA to receive comments and inputs as well as with authorities concerned, namely Chattogram Development Authority (CDA), Bangladesh Railway (BR), Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Chattogram Water Development Board, Chattogram WASA and Chattogram City Corporation.  Meeting with public stakeholders was also held in presence of all authorities concerned to explain Bay Terminal project.

This Master Plan could provide the framework to allow CPA to bring forward Bay Terminal project for implementation. In order to increase the economic activities and to meet the future demand of Bangladesh, CPA intends to construct Bay Terminal to improve the quality of services, to develop adequate facilities, and to decrease the pressure on the existing Chattogram Port.

Proposed location of Bay Terminal is in Anandanagar/Sandwip Channel and it provides the linkage to Dhaka-Chattogram highway, railway and waterway. CPA intends to build a new modern terminal which can eventually accommodate large vessels with up to 12m draft and 300m length.

Bay Terminal will handle various cargos and container vessels such as Panamax-class containers and bulk carriers.

The location and dimension of each terminal is modified from feasibility study 2017 for some reasons. Berth length of the first phase (Container Terminal 1 and Multipurpose Terminal) is 2,500m, and then additional 1,000m of the second phase (Container Terminal 2). The total length of berth of Bay Terminal will be 3,500m.

Container Terminal 1 and 2 have the same equipment and quantity, and Multipurpose Terminal has similar but different equipment and quantity because of additional general cargo handling.

Bay Terminal is being developed, the architectural design should have symbolic, visual and functional characteristics to this terminal which will provide a look different from others in this region. To reflect the pride, power and prosperity of the architectural features shall include symmetricity, monumentality and boldness. And in consideration of hills, rivers and sea it should have some influential organic form and features in architecture.  The infrastructures have been divided into two groups; KPI to be located inside the security boundary wall (customs bonded area) and others, outside bonded area.  The structures, inside the security boundary wall, include Security Gate House, Container Freight Station (CFS), Un-stuffing Shed, LCL Warehouse, Container Handling Yard, Container Scanners, Electrical Substation, Standby Generator Room, Civil and Electrical Maintenance Office, Yard Lighting Towers, Mechanical Workshop, POL Storage Tank with dispensing units, Elevated Water Reservoir, Water Pump House. Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP), Terminal Operation Building, Toilet Blocks, and Resting Facilities for workers, etc.  The structures outside the bonded area may be Security Office, Administrative Building, Customs Office, Fire Station, Guest House, Canteen for workers, Prayer Room, Waste Water Treatment Plant, ETP, etc. Provision for one Medical Centre may also be kept outside the bonded area. For neutralizing and preventing damage and danger, the Dangerous Cargo Shed close to Fire Station has been proposed. All water and waste treatment facilities have been grouped together for easier maintenance and reduction of power use.

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