The construction work for Payra Deep-sea Port in Patuakhali has gained pace and despite some challenges which will be tackled, the project will soon become visible, said State Minister for Shipping, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury.
He made the comments during a meeting with the port officials held at its administrative building on Sunday morning.
He said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is not making us dream but is also turning them into realities, adding, “Even in the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, she had said that no one will remain homeless.”
“Many mega-development projects are being implemented under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.”
“All will be completed step by step. The premier is working for the next generation,” the state minister added.
Khalid, in the meeting, urged port officials to work responsibly. He said that the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman will be honoured with the development work done during the Mujib Year.
Meanwhile, according to senior officials of the port, since September 2019, as many as 73 ships had arrived at the port and through that, the government earned Tk178 crore.
“Of those, 31 were coal-carrying ships,” they added.
The Payra Port Infrastructure Development Project and the work of its first terminal are ongoing and are expected to be completed by 2022, they said.
After finishing the meeting, the state minister planted a tree on the office premises of the port.
He then visited the Ramnabad Channel of Payra port along with Local MP Kazi Kaniz Sultana, MP Mohibur Rahman, Payra Port Authority Chairman Commodore Humayun Kollol, and BIWTA Chairman Commodore Golam Sadeq.
Earlier on Saturday afternoon, the state minister reached the port via Barisal in a ship for an official visit.
Source: Dhaka Tribune