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Top Ten Mega Projects of Bangladesh

Md Magem Ali
March 21, 2024 9:33 am
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The work of the biggest projects in Bangladesh so far is ongoing. It is expected that due to the proper execution of these mega projects, the overall condition of the country will change a lot. Just as the people of the country will get fast communication system, the economy of the country will also get the expected results. Developed countries in the world are advanced in terms of knowledge and science as well as high in terms of infrastructure, our country is also moving ahead with those countries, huge mega projects are being prepared which will benefit the people of Bengal in the coming days. The country is becoming self-reliant day by day, the soil of the country and the people of the country are becoming self-reliant. Inspite of various external and internal obstacles and problems, the government of the country is conducting the proper activities of the proposed and ongoing mega projects. The Bangla Reader brings to you the top ten ongoing mega projects of the country.

Top Ten Mega Projects of Bangladesh
1) Padma Bridge

87.25% of the bridge has already been completed at a cost of $3.56 billion.

Padma Setu is a multipurpose road and rail bridge under construction over the Padma River in Bangladesh. Through this, Shariatpur and Madaripur districts will be connected with Lauhjong of Munshiganj. As a result, the South-West part of the country will be connected with the North-East part. For a developing country like Bangladesh, Padma Bridge is going to be one of the most challenging construction projects in its history. The two-story steel and concrete truss bridge will have a four-lane roadway on the upper level and a single rail track on the lower level. In the Padma-Brahmaputra-Meghna river basin, 41 spans of 150 m length have already been laid, the largest bridge in the country is under construction with a length of 6.150 km and a width of 18.10 m. Construction of the Padma Bridge began on December 7, 2014, and the construction contractor, China Major Bridge Engineering Company, said it would take until July 2022 for the Padma Bridge to be open to traffic. The Padma Multipurpose Bridge, if operational, is expected to increase Bangladesh’s GDP by up to 1.2 percent.

2) Dhaka Metrorail – Line 6

68.49% of Dhaka Metrorail (Line-6) has already been completed at a cost of $2.8 billion.

The urban rail system under construction in the capital Dhaka is the Dhaka Metro, officially known as Mass Rapid Transit or MRT for short. In 2013, the strategic transport plan was formulated to reduce the increasing traffic problems and traffic congestion in the overpopulated Dhaka metropolis, under which the metro rail was planned for the first time in Dhaka. Later, according to the revised strategic transport plan made in 2016, the number of metro rail lines to be built in Dhaka was increased from 3 to 5. The 20.1 km long MRT Line 6 from Uttara to Motijheel was selected for construction in the first phase. On 26 June 2016, the construction work of MRT Line-6 started with the inauguration ceremony.

3) Karnaphuli tunnel or Karnaphuli tunnel

Karnaphuli tunnel at a cost of 1.2 billion dollars is already 72% completed.

The Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Tunnel (or Karnaphuli Tunnel) is a proposed river tunnel under the Karnaphuli river. This tunnel will connect the areas on both banks of the Karnaphuli river. The Dhaka-Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar highway will be connected through this tunnel. The length of Karnaphuli tunnel is 3.43 km. If this tunnel is constructed, it will be the first tunnel route in Bangladesh. The Chinese company China Communication and Construction Company Limited (CCCC) is implementing this tunnel construction project. Starting from the side of the Naval Academy in Chittagong suburbs, the tunnel will reach the southern end of the river passing between the CUFL (Chittagong Urea Fertilizer Limited) and Kafco (Karnaphuli Fertilizer Limited) factories on the south bank of the river. Karnaphuli tunnel will be located in the middle of Karnaphuli river at a depth of 150 feet.

Top ten mega projects of Bangladesh
4) Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar Railway Link

62% of Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar railway link work has already been completed at a cost of 213 million dollars.

Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar line is a railway of Bangladesh Railway. This line is operated and maintained by Eastern Railway.

5) Bangabandhu Railway Bridge

1% of Bangabandhu Railway Bridge has already been completed at a cost of $1.6 billion.

Bangabandhu Setu is an 8.8 km long railway bridge which is expected to be the largest railway bridge in the country. Jamuna Bahumukhi Bridge or Bangabandhu Bridge is a road and rail bridge over the Jamuna River in Bangladesh. With a length of 4.8 km, this bridge is the second longest bridge in Bangladesh and South Asia. Its construction was completed in 1998. It connects Bhuiyanpur on the east bank of Yamuna River and Sirajganj on the west bank. It is the 11th longest bridge in the world and the 6th longest in South Asia. The Yamuna is the largest of the three major rivers of Bangladesh and the fifth largest in the world in terms of volume of flowing water. The bridge establishes a strategic link between the eastern and western parts of Bangladesh. It brings many benefits to the people of the region, especially by speeding up the internal goods and passenger transport system. Later this bridge was named Bangabandhu Bridge. The first initiative to build the Yamuna Bridge was taken in 1949. Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani first took this initiative. But then it was not possible to implement it. Its work started on October 15, 1994

6.Matarbari Deep Sea Port

Construction start: November 2020
Cost: 17,775 crore
Container Capacity: 2.8 Million TEUs
End date: 2026 (Estimated)

7. Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport Terminal 3

Worth: 21,300 Crore
Start: December 29 2019`
Land Area: 542,ooo square meter
Carry: 12 million per year
End -2023

8. Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant

Start- November 2017 Rooppur 1
Open Date: Rooppur 1- 2023. Rooppur 2- 2025
Cost- 1,13,000 Crore BDT
Capacity – 2400 MW

8. Dhaka to Chittagong Express Railway

Length- 227.3 km
Cost- (Tk) 96,752 crore
Speed- 300km/hr
Carry: 100,000/daily

10. Bangabandhu Railway Bridge Project

Strat: November 29, 2020
End: August 2024
Length:4.8km
Cost: Tk16,780.95 crore