3 sites chosen for new int’l airport

In a fresh bid to find a suitable site for building Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib International Airport, the government has primarily selected three locations for the mega project.

“We have primarily selected three new sites in Madaripur-Gopalganj, Faridpur and Munshiganj districts for the airport,” Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister GM Quader told BSS yesterday.

Earlier, the decision to set up the airport at Arial Beel in Munshiganj was scarped as a group of people of the area vehemently protested its construction arguing that the project would affect their crop lands.

A team, comprising the head of Bangabandhu Airport Construction Cell and experts from Bangladesh Air Force, visited the sites last month and subsequently submitted a site selection survey report to the ministry, Quader said.

“Presently, a pre-feasibility and comparative study is being carried out, which is expected to be completed and submitted to the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a month,” he said.

After getting approval from the premier, the ministry will appoint a consultant firm to conduct the main feasibility study, the minister said, adding, “We will float Request for Qualifications and Request for Proposals consecutively after completion of the feasibility study.”

It will take nearly two years to complete all formalities to award the work order to a construction company for building the airport under public-private partnership (PPP), he said.

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