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Bangladesh, Chittagong - bd/12


Closing Date: 08.04.2010 (Tender Closed)

Request for expressions of interest from consultants, deadline 08.04.2010, for comprehensive feasibility study for 2 km-long, multi-lane road tunnel under River Karnaphuli in Chittagong City. River is 700 m-wide and 9-11 m-deep. Chittagong is second largest city, and the main seaport and commercial centre for Bangladesh. Project financed by Government of Bangladesh. More from Chief Engineer Md Rafiqul Islam in Dhaka, tel +880 98884-74, fax -14, e-mail engr_rafiqul_rhd@yahoo.com or for cooperative assistance contact M A Akkas, tel +880 2 9552932, fax +880 2 9569629, www.kuricompany.com. 07/10.


On 30.06.2015 the government of Bangladesh has awarded to China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) Ltd the (Tk 90 billion) $705 million contract for construction of the3.5 km two-lane tunnel underneath the Karnaphuli River in Chittagong. The tunnel, to be built using the shield-driven tunnelling method, will connect to the Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar highway with India and Myanmar once the Asian Highway is completed. Work will start before the end 2015 with conclusion within 2019.

The CCCC will quickly submit the detailed design of the project, while the Bridges Division will complete reviewing the design in November.

In June, 2014 a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between Bangladesh and China for the Karnaphuli tunnel. Two years ago, the CCCC Ltd-Ove Arup and partners Hong-Kong Ltd (JV) completed the feasibility study of the project. Visit http://www.bba.gov.bd/. 27/15.


The Danish-based international consulting group Cowi together with local consultancies have been designated to ensure design review and construction supervision consultancy for the Karnaphuli Tunnel.

The project is part of One Belt One Road initiative (OBOR) which consists of a trade and infrastructure network spanning from East Asia to Europe and Africa with roads, railways, ports and pipelines. OBOR aims to revive the old Silk Road. The Karnaphuli tunnel is to be 3.4km long and to run under the Karnaphuli River created as part of a planned 20km highway.

The project is worth near $530M and is mainly financed by the Chinese through Export-Import Bank of China. The 500m of tunnel approach structures and working shaft structures are to start in June and meet completion in February 2018. Work on access roads and a viaduct is planned to start in early 2018 and is to end in 2021. Visit http://www.cowi.com/menu/newsandmedia/news/bridgetunnelandmarinestructures/cowi-wins-project-in-one-belt-one-road. 23/17.


Bangladesh, Dhaka - bd/11


Government considering longterm plan to build underground railways to ease severe traffic congestion. September 1997.  Experts from the Russian company Metrogiprostroy proposed a plan for building underground a metro system in the country's capital. The proposed subway lines will cover Jatrabari to Gabtoli, Jinjira to Mirpur, Madani Avenue to Mirpur Road, Fulbaria to Madartek, Gabtoli to Jahangirnagar University, Multi-modal Transport Terminal to Mirpur Road and Farmgate to Asadgate. 09/02.


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