Chattogram Port Authority (CPA) under the Ministry of Shipping is set to construct Matarbari Deep-Sea Port at Moheshkhali upazila’s Matarbari and Dhalghata area in Cox’s Bazar. After prolonged complexities over land issues, Cox’s Bazar district administration provided the Chattogram Port Authority (CPA) with 283.27 acres of land for the Matarbari Sea Port project.
Acquisition of land was the biggest hurdles the authority was facing for a long period. To complete the project within the stipulated time, tenders will be invited in three phases. Terminal construction, acquiring equipment for the terminal and securing vessels for the port operation are the phases told by Mr. Jillur Rahman, Deputy Manager (estate) of CPA. He also added that the 250 meter wide channel would be expanded to another 100 meters.
In order to compensate, the authority started to provide cheques to those people whose lands were taken for the project. According to the authority, some 200 landowners are being provided the cheques as the laws make them get their cheques within 60 days of acquisition.
Matarbari deep-sea port is being constructed in Dhalghat area of Moheshkhali upazila of Cox’s Bazar with funding from Japan International Co-operation Agency (Jica). The project had launched on 16th November, 2020 and when the construction will be completed, ships which depth of 18 meters will be able to dock at the matarbari port terminal.
Cost of building Matarbari deep-sea port has been estimated at 17,777 crore BDT while JICA’s loan will be at 12,892 crore BDT and CPA’s funding is at 2,213 crore BDT.