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Govt to construct tunnel under Buriganga River: Shajahan

Govt to construct tunnel under Buriganga River: Shajahan

DHAKA: Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan yesterday said the government has a plan to construct a tunnel under the Buriganga river at Dhaka Sadarghat point to ensure easy communication between commuters of both sides.

“The government will construct tunnel under Buriganga river . . . necessary directives have also given to the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) to this end,” the minister told BIWTA officials and employees at a meeting at the New Extension Terminal Bhaban.

Shajahan Khan said an aesthetic environment has returned at Sadarghat area due to pragmatic steps of the Shipping Ministry and the BIWTA.

“The Sadarghat Launch terminal is now free from hawkers. Passengers’ movement has become easy and smooth due to building of new terminal bhaban and parking yard, increasing pontoons and reforestation programme”, he said.

The shipping minister added: “We have also a plan to ensure launch ticketing before boarding on the water vessel at Sadarghat terminal, which would hopefully reduce the harassment of passengers.”

He also sought cooperation of all concerned in this regard.

He expressed satisfaction over the environment of the launch terminal and urged BIWTA to be more active to save the river by taking necessary steps.

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