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September 06 , 2021

Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar rail project: What's causing construction delay?

Dhaka Tribune 
September 4th, 2021

Deadline likely to be extended to June 2023

Much to the dismay of travellers who were looking forward to visiting Cox’s Bazar by train next year, many impediments are yet holding up the rail project, which is a hint that it will not reach completion even by the end of 2022.

Construction work of the single-line dual gauge railway track from Dohazari in Chittagong to Cox’s Bazar has been delayed not only due to the Covid-19 pandemic but also owing to a lack of coordination among the agencies concerned.

Bangladesh Railway (BR) officials told Dhaka Tribune that they were still unable to resolve issues regarding land acquisition, electricity line transfer and import of construction materials from India, Malaysia and China.

BR, the implementing agency of the 102km railway line project, has applied to the Planning Commission for an extension of the project deadline to June 2023.

“We have already put in an application for the deadline to be extended as the pandemic and some other major challenges have been hindering the progress of the project,” said Md Mofizur Rahman, director of the rail project.

Major challenges

The 102km Dohazari-Cox’s Bazar rail link is being implemented under two lots, at a cost of Tk18,035 crore.

China Railway Group Ltd (CREC) and Toma Construction JV are have been assigned Lot-1, from Dohazari to Chakaria (50km), while China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) and Max Group JV are responsible for Lot-2, from Chakaria to Cox’s Bazar (52km).

According to BR, overall progress of the project was 62% till August 31, far below the target.


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