Iftekhar Kabir, project director of the tunnel made the announcement while addressing at a meeting held at the conference room of Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) yesterday.
With CDA chairman Abdus Salam in the chair, the coordination meeting was attended by Engr Kazi Hasan Bin Shams, project director of Ring Road, Engr Habibur Rahman, Engr Mahfuj, project director of Elevated Expressway and Shamshuzzaman, land acquisition official of Chittagong district administration, among others. Iftekhar presented details of the development on the proposed tunnel.
The proposed multi-lane tunnel will connect Chittagong city with the other side of the Karnaphuli River and indirectly with other parts of the country through Dhaka-Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar Highways.
The tunnel will reduce by-road distance between Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar, apart from easing the heavy port-city-bound traffic from Dhaka.
Road Transport and Bridges Ministry signed a deal with Chinese firm China Communication Construction Company Ltd for building the tunnel.