Construction of Khulna-Mongla railway line going on in full swing
KHULNA, May 17: Construction of the railway bridge on the Rupsha River and Mongla-Khulna railway line is going on in full swing.
According to sources, piling is going on in full swing, and construction of 142 pillars will begin in January, 2018.
Executive Engineer of Railway Bridge project Abdur Rahim told The Daily Observer that construction of Khulna-Mongla Railway Line has begun from both Khulna and Mongla side of the project area from the first week of January this year.
A total of 6 km construction has been completed from Khulna side while at least 23 km construction from Mongla side out of its total 65 km Railway Line, he said.
Earlier, land requisition, survey, soil test and mud digging has been completed and construction of Railway Bridge on Rupsha River is continuing, he said, adding that the one side of the bridge will be connected with Putimari road at the west bank of the River while the other side will be connected with Rupsha road on the east bank of the River.
He, however, said, at least 718 acres of land is needed for requisition to construct Khulna-Mongla Railway line, and at least 70 per cent affected land owners have already got their compensation, and the rest will be paid very soon after scrutiny of their land deed.
Earlier, a joint venture Khulna-Mongla Railway Line project has been taken by India and Bangladesh government involving Tk 3,801.61 crore.
A total of 64.75 km broad-gauge line, 21.11 km loops, 4,413 km approach roads, 7.18 km Railway Bridge on Rupsha River and 8 railway stations will be constructed under the project.
Project Director of Khulna-Mongla Railway Line Md. Muzibur Rahman told The Daily Observer that construction of Khulna-Mongla Railway line is one of the first track projects of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
However, he said, after completing the project by 2018, the business between India, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh through Mongla Port will increase.