Karnaphuli tunnel construction likely to start in Aug

Dhaka,  Sun,  24 September 2017
Published : 15 Jul 2017, 18:03:54 | Updated : 15 Jul 2017, 18:07:29
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Karnaphuli tunnel construction likely to start in Aug

Karnaphuli tunnel construction likely to start in Aug
The construction of multi-lane road tunnel under Karnaphuli River in Chittagong is expected to begin next month.

The Tk 85 billion tunnel will be constructed with the financial and technical assistance of China while the Bridges Division of the Road Transport and Bridges Ministry will supervise the work.

"The primary groundwork to construct the tunnel and build up twin cities on both banks of the Karanaphuli river have already been completed," Engineer Kabir Ahmed, Director of the Project (PD) has said.

The construction of necessary infrastructure, including building residences for Chinese engineers and related employees has almost been finished, Kabir Ahmed said.

"The feasibility study and acquisition process of 1,100 acres of land for the tunnel have also been completed" he added.

Narrating the need for electricity to construct the tunnel, he said primarily two Megawatts electricity has already been managed till today in this regard. He added a substation having 15-Megawatt electricity will be set up very soon to run the construction smoothly.

The length of the 4-lane tunnel will be 3.5 km while the approach road on both sides of the river will be at around 6 km. The tunnel will connect the proposed Asian Highway to Dhaka-Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar Highway.

 
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