DHAKA, Jan 3 (BSS) - The government today signed an agreement with a Chinese company for construction of the much-expected 7th Bangladesh- China Friendship Bridge (Kazirtack bridge) over the river Arial Khan along with three other bridges on the Madaripur- Shariatpur-Chandpur road.
Chief Engineer of Roads and Highways Department Md. Abdul Quddus and Vice- General Manager of Anhui Construction Engineering Group Overseas Development Co. of China Jin Chuan Zong signed the agreement on behalf of their respective sides at Sarak Bhaban to construct 1,063.36 metres of four bridges involving more than Taka 275.55 crore.
Of the total, project aid has been estimated at Taka 200 crore 18 lakh and 36,000 while remaining amount (Taka 75 crore, 37 lakh, 41,000) will be provided by government. The construction works of the bridges would be completed in 2014.
Communications Minister Obaidul Quader, Secretary of Road Division M A N Siddique, Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Zhang Xianyi witnessed the signing ceremony when senior officials of the ministry were present.
Speaking on the occasion, Quader said construction of the bridges on Madaripur-Shariatpur and Chandpur road would facilitate smooth movement of people in the region along with easy transportation of agricultural products.
Mentioning the friendly relations between Bangladesh and China, he expressed the hope that Chinese support for government's development endeavours would be continued in the days ahead for achieving economic progress of Bangladesh.
The Chinese Ambassador said the Chinese support for the development of Bangladesh would be continued in future. In this connection, he mentioned that six more Bangladesh-China Friendship Bridges were constructed so far in the country with the Chinese support.
He said the bilateral relations between the two countries would be further consolidated in future for the benefit of the two peoples. China will contribute more to the economic development of Bangladesh in future, he added.
The length of Kazirtech Bridge is 6,984.36 metres while that of the three other bridges is 316 metres.