Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Tunnel Overview

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Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Passage (or Karnaphuli Passage) is an under-construction underwater expressway tunnel in the port city of Chattogram, Bangladesh under the Karnaphuli river. The tunnel size is 9.3 kilometers (5.8 mi) and also a size 10 meters (33 feet) will certainly cost US$ 1.1 B. The tunnel is anticipated to be finished in 2022 and will be the initial river passage in South Asia. It is anticipated to boost the Dhaka– Chittagong– Cox’s Bazar highway network. A Chinese firm, China Communications Building Business, was selected to build it. Chinese Head Of State Xi Jinping is readied to see the building site of the Karnaphuli Tunnel.

Development strikes brand-new high

Head Of State Sheikh Hasina yesterday claimed Bangladesh got in a brand-new degree of growth with the beginning of constructing a passage under the Karnaphuli river, which will significantly contribute to the area’s socio-economic development upon its conclusion.


” The building and construction of this passage will be finished by 2022 … after which the socio-economic growth of the region will speed up dramatically, which will certainly add a great deal to the nation’s economic climate,” she said while dealing with a civic rally at Patenga Ring Roadway after inaugurating the boring of 3.4 km Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Tunnel as well as the construction of 16.5 km raised expressway from Lalkhan Bazar to Shah Amanat Flight terminal in the city.

She claimed the web link road of the nation’s first passage would be attached to the Cox’s Bazar-Patiya four-lane roadway.

” For that, we’ll need to create 10 kilometers extra roadway; we have that plan. I’ve already held discussions with the secretary in this regard. The passage will go from Chattogram to Anwara and the roadway will certainly be gotten in touch with the Patiya four-lane from Anwara. This will reduce the journey towards Cox’s Bazar.”

Talking about the raised expressway, which is the initial in Chattogram, the PM said that after its construction, the people of the port city would certainly have the ability to get to the airport quickly and also easily.

The government wants to benefit the nation and also its advancement and this is today’s government’s slogan, Hasina claimed.

Labeling Chattogram the center of all industrial activities, Hasina claimed the federal government was doing whatever was required for the advancement of this area.

She claimed the government has prepared to construct a marine drive from Chattogram to Cox’s Bazar. “This will be built from Mirsarai to Cox’s Bazar and will be very helpful.”

Hasina, even more, stated the tunnel would not only relieve communication yet additionally improve profession and companies in addition to the industrialization of this area.

Regarding the federal government’s plan for the balanced growth of the nation, she pointed out that the federal government was making efforts to establish the country from a grassroots degree. “Individuals staying in backwoods will obtain facilities like urban locations.”

The PM additionally recalled the name of previous Chattogram City mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury behind the building of the tunnel, saying that he had incomed a motion to build it.

On the Padma Bridge, she claimed the World Bank, without having any concrete evidence, affixed stigma on the federal government, her as well as her relative.

” I tossed a challenge to the Globe Financial institution to verify their accusations, however, they stopped working to offer any significant files,” she claimed.

Hasina added that there were editors and also owners of two renowned papers and a male of Chattogram that won the Nobel Reward that carried out propaganda at the same time in the (United States) State Department, reports the BSS.

She stated the Nobel laureate utilized to preserve contact with his buddy Hillary Clinton via emails on this concern and ultimately the Globe Financial institution quit funding in the Padma Bridge project.

” After that, we started creating the bridge with our own funding as an obstacle,” she claimed.

Hasina added that an instance was later on filed with the Canadian Federal Court, “however the World Financial institution could not prove anything”.

” I do not desire the Padma Bridge to be named after me, I do not need my name on any framework, I just intend to benefit individuals of the nation …,” she stated.

Describing her government’s effort of developing economic zones in the country, Hasina said a special economic zone was also being established in Chattogram, and also the goal was to bring in even more international financial investments to industrialize the nation.

The tunnel is being constructed at the cost of Tk 9,880.40 crore to turn Chattogram into “One City, Two Towns”. Of the job expense, Tk 3,967.21 crore will come from the government et cetera from the Chinese federal government.

China Communication and Building Company have actually been creating the 9.3 kilometers passage, about 3.4 kilometers of which would be under the river, stated authorities.

Centering this tunnel, a modern communication system will be developed linking Dhaka-Chattogram-Cox’s Bazar, which will become attached to the Oriental Freeway network.

Hasina and Chinese Head of state Xi Jinping jointly laid its structure stone on October 14, 2017.

The expressway’s construction price is estimated to be Tk 3,250 crore.

Road Transportation as well as Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Bridges Division Senior Secretary Khandker Anwrul Islam, and also Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Zhang Zuo also spoke on the occasion.

61pc work of Bangabandhu Tunnel completed

Roadway Transport and also Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader the other day inaugurated the uninteresting work of the 2nd tube of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Tunnel under the Karnaphuli River in the port city.

He joined the inaugural event from his palace on parliament properties in Dhaka.

Quader, additionally Awami Organization general secretary, stated the tunnel is being built at a cost of Tk 10,400 crore while 61 percent of works of the project have actually been completed.

He stated the 9.1-kilometer-long tunnel is the first of its kind in South Asia.

The priest stated the passage is being built to turn Chattogram right into “One City, 2 Towns” like Shanghai city in China.

The tunnel will develop a contemporary communication system among Dhaka-Chattogram as well as Cox’s Bazar and it will connect the Oriental highway, he claimed.

, Land Minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury, Closet Assistant Khandker Anwarul Islam, Bridges Department Secretary Md Belayet Hossain, Task Supervisor Harun-or-Rashid, various other officials of the project, and also Bangladesh Navy participants joined the occasion through the digital platform from Chattogram.

4 Huge Infrastructures: Target the following year for the conclusion
4 huge projects, consisting of the Padma Bridge and also Dhaka City Rail, will be finished by June following year, Road Transportation, as well as Bridges Preacher Obaidul Quader, claimed yesterday.

The various other two jobs are Dhaka Raised Expressway as well as Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Tunnel under the Karnaphuli River in Chattogram.

” We will certainly open up all these by June next year,” Quader claimed at a press conference at his Secretariat workplace

The operation in these mage projects has actually gathered rate and is advancing very fast, he kept in mind.

” We will certainly have the ability to usher in all these tasks next year as well as we are striving, keeping that target in mind.”

As soon as implemented, these projects are anticipated to bring a substantial change in the country’s road connectivity and mass transit.

The Padma Multipurpose Bridge and also the Metro Rail knew as Mass Rapid Transit Line-6 are among the fast track tasks of the federal government.

The bridge project saw significant progression last month nevertheless 41 periods of the bridge were installed connecting the two sides of the mighty Padma.

The 6.15 km bridge will attach the resources with 21 south-western districts and is expected to increase the nation’s GDP by 1.2 percent.

Following numerous alterations of cost and also target date, the task expense rose to Tk 30,193 crore and also the due date of June 2021 was dealt with. Yet job authorities say it will certainly not be feasible to fulfill the due date as the work was significantly interfered with as a result of the pandemic and also strong currents in the river for four months.

After the last period was set up on December 10 in 2015, Cabinet Assistant Khandker Anwarul Islam, who worked as Bridge Division secretary for 8 years, said the bridge would certainly be open by June 2022.


The total physical development of the MRT line-6, the first-ever city rail job in the nation, was 53.58 percent till November last year.

The first phase– Uttara to Agargaon– saw 77.57 percent progression and also the second phase– Agargaon to Motijheel– 47.49 percent development, according to the job documents.

The 20.10 kilometers line, which will certainly connect Uttara with Motijheel by a raised track, is being established at an expense of Tk 22,000 crore. Once in operation, it will certainly carry 60,000 passengers per hour as well as decrease traveling time to 36 minutes from a minimum of 2 hrs.

Originally, its implementation period was 2012-2024.

But Head Of State Sheikh Hasina had directed that the line from Uttara to Agargaon be made functional by 2019 and that from Agargaon to Motijheel by 2020.

Failing to attain the target, the authorities in May 2019 revealed that “early appointing” of the task would be made on December 16 this year, when the nation celebrates the golden jubilee of its self-reliance.

Inquired about this, Quader claimed, “I will certainly extend the deadline a little … we will open up all four jobs, consisting of the Metro Rail, by June following year.”


The project observed 62 percent progress till December 2015.

The boring of the initial tube has actually currently been finished. And Quader on December 12 last year inaugurated the boring of the second tube.

The 9.1km-long tunnel, the first of its kind in South Asia, is being developed at a price of Tk 10,400 crore. It will certainly help create a modern communication system in between Dhaka, Chattogram, and also Cox’s Bazar, as well as likewise be linked to the Oriental Freeway.

Bridges Division Secretary Belayet Hossain, likewise executive supervisor of Bangladesh Bridge Authority which is executing the project, stated the deadline for completing the job in December next year.

” Nonetheless, we are enthusiastic regarding opening the tunnel prior to the due date,” he informed this newspaper last evening.


After years of slowness, the job of the first Dhaka Elevated Expressway has actually gained energy, as the issue of moneying the much-anticipated job was addressed early last year.

The job is being applied under the public-private collaboration model.

Bangladesh Bridge Authority authorized a Tk 8,703 crore to handle Italian-Thai Growth Public Company in January 2011 to build the 47km expressway, with 19.73 kilometers mainline from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport to Kutubkhali.

The deal was changed as well as authorized once again in December 2013, with the price changed to Tk 8,940 crore. Several modifications were made to the layout.

Besides, the federal government has to invest Tk 4,885 crore in land purchase, resettlement, and also moving of utility service lines, elevating the complete price of the task to Tk 13,825 crore.

Talking to The Daily Celebrity the other day, Job Director AHMS Aktar claimed they anticipate completing the work of the stretch from the Dhaka flight terminal to Tejgaon rail gateway by December this year.

” We will certainly after that start partial operation,” he stated, including that the work of the entire project would be finished by June 2023.

The job witnessed 22 percent progression till December, included Akhtar.

Cars have to pay the toll to make use of the raised expressway, which will certainly permit those to prevent the city’s traffic jam.

China-Bangladesh relations are more powerful than ever


Over the past 45 years, the connection in between China and Bangladesh has been created, with mutual collaboration as well as friendship on both sides. In the worldwide arena, Bangladesh has, to the most effective of its capacity, kept unwavering support for the “One China Policy” and China’s relaxed rise.

The Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was associated with China throughout his political life. He traveled to China in 1952 for a global meeting. During the visit, he fulfilled Mao Zedong and also Zhou Enlai, the heroes of the Chinese Change. He was impressed by New China. After the freedom of Bangladesh, the work of establishing polite relationships with China under the management of Bangabandhu began after overcoming many misfortunes.

Unfortunately, Bangabandhu was killed before formal polite connections were initiated, yet undoubtedly, it remained in his hands that the job of establishing diplomatic relationships between Bangladesh as well as China started. Last year, the here and now Chinese Ambassador Li Jiming and all diplomats from the Chinese Consular office visited the Bangabandhu Memorial Gallery. During that time, they admired Bangabandhu. The manager of the Bangabandhu Memorial Gallery stated that the Chinese consular office was the first foreign mission of Bangladesh, whose diplomats had seen the historical building with each other.

Chinese Ambassador Li Jiming claimed, “China will reveal the greatest regard to the best Bengali of all time, Dad of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in his birth centenary this year, which additionally corresponds with the event of the 45th anniversary of Dhaka-Beijing diplomatic connections. While every one of Bangladesh is commemorating “Mujib Borsho”, the Chinese embassy will certainly likewise apply efforts to commemorate this significant event with our Bangladeshi pals to show the Chinese people’s highest consideration and respect towards this terrific man.”

Complying within the footprints of Bangabandhu, his little girl Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has actually verified her worth as a visionary leader by leading the unprecedented advancement of Bangladesh in the last few years. Under the vibrant management of the Head of state, Bangladesh is ready to move ahead along with China as a trusted ally in the days to come. Currently, relationships between both nations have gotten to a one-of-a-kind height. In recent years, China has established itself as a major advancement companion of Bangladesh.

Suggested in 2013 by the Chinese President Xi Jinping, The Belt as well as Road Initiative has become a most popular platform for worldwide cooperation, with really brilliant prospects in a globe stuck with protectionism and also unilateralism. Bangladesh is a pleased member of this initiative and can play a substantial duty in the development of this legendary job.

On October 14, 2016, Chinese Head of state Xi Jinping arrived in Bangladesh on a historical browse-through. During that browse through, China introduced massive financial investments in various sectors of Bangladesh. The implementation of those investment jobs is currently industrious. Amongst the recurring tasks are the Padma Multipurpose Bridge Task, Karnafuli Passage, Dhaka-Chittagong Freeway Four Lane Upgradation, Payra Port Development, Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar Train Task, Power Grid Network Fortifying Job, Dhaka-Ashulia Elevated Expressway, Dhaka-Sylhet 4 Lane Highway, and so on. Common teamwork is not restricted to the government level but is additionally at an exclusive degree. Cultural exchanges between individuals of both nations went through substantial developments in 2019, as over 37,000 Bangladeshi tourists took a trip to China as well as greater than 5,000 Bangladeshi trainees are examining in China. It is indisputable that the unmatched advancement of Bangladesh’s agriculture, as well as the garments market, is likewise a result of the assistance of Chinese modern technology.

Furthermore, a total amount of 8,256 Bangladeshi products will certainly currently be exempted from toll when exporting to China. Bangladesh has defined this as a success in financial diplomacy. This therapy remains in enhancement to the special duties that we are already enjoying from China under the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement.

China has established itself as Bangladesh’s majority of trusted allies in the protection sector as well. China’s important involvement in water resource development, as well as management, likewise has an enormous possibility for Bangladesh. Just recently, there have actually been records of China’s cooperation in the overall growth of the Teesta basin, which, if carried out, can radically alter specific industries, consisting of agriculture as well as sector, in a big location of North Bengal.

Besides infrastructural development, China is doing good operating in social exchanges with Bangladesh. The Confucius Institute has actually been set up in various institutions of greater understanding in the country. To help with Chinese language education and learning for Bangladeshis, Chinese language programs have been presented in different universities including the University of Dhaka and North South University. Each year, a lot of Bangladeshi trainees are mosting likely to study in different colleges of China with scholarships. Cultural groups are going every year as well as coming as part of social interactions. Nevertheless, these tasks need to be permitted to spread outside Dhaka city. Organizing circuses, fairs as well as events at the area level can be fruitful in this regard.

China has actually likewise developed itself as Bangladesh’s only all-weather friend by expanding a hand of compassion as well as assistance to Bangladesh throughout the continuous Covid-19 pandemic. China’s tactical and also regulated methods of taking care of the pandemic are an integral part of finding out for the world. China had earlier announced that if the Covid-19 vaccine was uncovered, Bangladesh would be offered concern in obtaining it.

In Bangladesh, a Chinese firm has actually been enabled to run the 3rd phase test of the Sinovac coronavirus injection. Under the practical initiative of Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh has sent out medical devices, consisting of masks, caps, gowns, and also gloves, to China. The Prime Minister likewise wrote a letter to the Chinese President Xi Jinping. In return, the Chinese federal government sent 10 participants to a clinical professional team to support Bangladesh’s fight against Covid-19. The medical professionals have actually given examinations pertaining to pandemic control, clients’ therapy and also lab tests, and also assistance and also training for Bangladeshi doctors.

China has additionally provided Bangladesh with over 3 million surgical and N-95 masks, over 110,000 collections of personal safety devices as well as a lot of examination kits, sanitizers, ventilators, as well as thermostats. Additionally, the Beijing-backed Eastern Facilities Investment Bank (AIIB) said it would certainly offer USD 100 million to Bangladesh to aid the nation take care of the pandemic.

The Chinese president has actually detailed the vision of the Chinese dream, which is to accomplish the great renewal of the Chinese nation. The steady process of obtaining the Chinese desire will not just benefit China, but likewise the globe at large. As Head of state Xi Jinping pointed out, the Chinese imagine nationwide renewal is about the quest for joy by every Chinese person, and also it has much in common with the image of the people of Bangladesh, as we are on the way to achieving the goal of ending up being a center revenue nation by 2021 as well as an industrialized country by 2041. We are confident that Bangladesh and China, with collaborations, will certainly be able to establish and keep practices and policies that will certainly make these desires happen.