RHD inks deal with consultancy farms for SASEC project

The Roads and Highways Department on Wednesday appointed four consultancy farms for the South Asian Sub-Regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Road Connectivity Project.

The contract agreement with the farms was signed at a function chaired by Communications Minister Obaidul Quader at his office, reports UNB.

SASECThe contract involving over Tk. 104 is effective for 53 months.

RHD Chief Engineer Mafizul Islam, Kunhwa Engineering & Consulting Co. Ltd (top consultant) chairman Hwang Kwang Ung, Executive Managing Director of Korea Consultants International Co. Ltd Shin Keun Chul, Intercontinental Consultants and Technocrats Pvt Ltd President Prashant Kapila and managing director of the local firm Development Design Consultants Ltd AKM Rafik Uddin inked the deal on behalf of their respective sides.

Under the agreement, the consultant farms will supervise the development of Joydebpur-Chandra-Tangail-Elenga highway, and review designs of its flyovers and culverts.

They will also supervise the design and development works of Benapole and Burimari land ports.

Besides, the consultants will supervise construction work of the head office of the Roads and Highways Department.

Obaidul Quader said under the SASEC Road Connectivity project, a 70-km highway will be elevated into four-lane as well as five flyovers, 27 bridges and 60 culverts will be constructed.

Besides, safety system in risky places on the highway will be improved and a 16000-square feet head office of the department will be built under the project, he added.

The Government of Bangladesh provides Tk 1223.12 crore, while the project donation is Tk 1843.68 crore to implement the SASEC Road Connectivity project in the country, the minister noted.

Korean ambassador in Dhaka Lee Yun-Young, the Roads Division secretary MAN Siddique and the SASEC project director Engineer Dilip Kumar, among others, were present at the function.