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PCT to resolve increasing demand of container handling very shortly

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Chattogram Bureau :
The container handling in Chattogram Port has been   alarmingly increasing  day by day . In last  year, 26 lakh 67 thousand and 202 TEUs containers were handled  in the port  in last fiscal and the target estimated at about 30 lakh TEUs  in  current    fiscal.
In last 11 years, no yard or jetty was constructed  under CP  and  Patenga Terminal is the only  hope of  handling the increasing  demand o container handling.
With the target of completing the  works of the new Patenga Container Terminal (PCT)   by December next year,  the  actual construction works of the PCT  launched from Febrauary last though the earth filing works  begins in September last year.
 Engineering core of Bangladesh Army  implementing the project at an estimated cost of Tk1800 crores. The   PCT  is situated  in between  Chattogram Dry Dock  and Boat Club  on river bank of Karnaphuli. Omera Oil company and  Red Crescent base depot  are situated beside the proposed PCT.
A reliable sources said,   Omera oil depot /  Red crescent base office   Marcemtile  Fisheries  Directorate   office and Customs House office   are supposed to be shifted from the present location  to  the adjacent  areas  of   Laldiarchar container terminal .
Executive Engineer  of Chattogram Port Authority  Mizanur Rahman told that  Engineering Core of  Army  established  works camp  in the proposed area in January last . He further said the rehabilitation works  of the   existing  installations   in the proposed area is yet to be started  .
These installations  supposed to be  rehabilitated behind the Laldiarchar container yard. After completion of r e habilitation works, the construction works will go in fullswing. Chairman of the CPA  at a  view exchange  meeting  of Port Day recently  said  there is no alternative to  PCT to mitigate the  container congestions and  increasing trend cargo handling  and the  port users will get results of the PCT  next year, he hoped. Port chairman further disclosed that  after completion of PCT, the works of  multipurpose Bay Terminal will be launched .   
Engineering deptt of the port sources said  this PCT  project is being implemented at a cost of Tk.1800 crores. The  terminal will have four berths. Out of  four , three berth will have 200  meters long for container vessels and  remaining one  is Dolphin oil jetty of 220 meters long.
The total areas of the PCT  is about  26 acres o f  land. Engineering deptt sources said   there will be a  railway track for carrying containers, locomotive sheds  and the depth of the berths approximately 9.5 meters.  Sources said beside the PCT, the proposed  projects viz. Bay Terminal, Laldia Multipurpose Terminal and Karnaphuli Container Terminal. 

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