DHAKA: Bangladesh government signed a contract with India to dredge Pussur Channel from Mongla Port to Rampal power plant. Dredging Corporation of India will dredge 13-kilometre waterways of Pussur Channel to restore navigability for carrying imported coal to the under construction power plant in Rampal of Bagerhat.
The deal worth Tk 1.19 billion was signed at the conference room of Mongla port on 16 July 2017. Chairman of Mongla port commodore AKM Faruque Hassan and, chairman and managing director of Dredging Corporation of India (DCI) Shri Rajesh Tripathi signed the contract on behalf of their respective countries. Deputy high commissioner of India in Bangladesh Adarsh Swaika was present at the signing ceremony. After the signing of the contract, Mongla port chairman commodore AKM Faruque Hassan said the project of capital dredging in Pussur Channel was approved on 10 May, 2016. The project involves dredging around 3.88 million cubic metres over the next 15 months. The project will be completed by 15 December 2018, says a press release of Mongla port. DCI has planned to start the dredging work by September, reports India media on Thursday.