Dhaka-Chittagong Expressway Contract Signing for Feasibility Study and Detailed Design
Posting Date: 03 July, 2014
The Contract Agreement for Consultancy Services for Feasibility Study and Detailed Design (Package-I) under Technical Assistance (TA) for Detailed Study and Design of Dhaka-Chittagong Expressway on PPP Basis Project have been signed between the Roads and Highways Department and SMEC International Pty Ltd., Australia in a joint venture with Oriental Consultants Co. Ltd., Japan and in association with Castalia Ltd., New Zealand and ACE Consultants Ltd., Bangladesh on 3 July at the Conference Room of Sarak Bhaban, Tejgaon, Dhaka. Mr. Obaidul Quader, MP, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Communication was present as Chief Guest in the signing ceremony.
The TA project jointly funded by GoB and ADB has been approved by the Planning Commission on 4th April 2013. The total estimated cost is BDT 978.76 million of which project aid is BDT 726.5 million. The project aims to conduct feasibility study and detailed design of Dhaka-Chittagong Expressway that will provide enough additional capacity in the Dhaka-Chittagong corridor to accommodate future increasing traffic growth and will also meet the demand for a safer and more reliable road connection.
The project has three advisory service components: Feasibility Study and Detailed Design (Package-I 2014-17), Transaction Advisory Services (2016-17) and Safeguard Implementation Support.
The consultants under this package will explore 5 alternative options during its feasibility study and detailed design phase. The government will choose the best option and on the basis of the selected option detailed engineering design and estimation of project cost under PPP basis will be completed. The targeted commitment period for the project is 2018-2023.