Aviation Consortium Dhaka set to get expansion project of HSIA

- A Monitor Report 07 Nov, 2019 | 519 Views|-+
Dhaka: A consortium of Japanese and South Korean firms is going to get the project of constructing the Third Terminal of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) at a much higher cost than the initial estimate as the Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase approved the project on November 6.

According to official sources, Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has already selected Aviation Consortium Dhaka (ACD) as the lowest bidder through a tender process where another Japanese firm Shimizu-ITD-JVG JV was a contender.

The consortium, which has Mitsubishi Corporation, Fujita Corporation and Samsung C&T as its members, offered a contract value of BDT20,598 crore for the work.

Officials said the quoted price of the selected contractor is 39.3 per cent higher than the approved cost mentioned in the DPP while 25.7 per cent higher than the government’s estimated price approved by ECNEC.

About this, AHM Mustafa Kamal, Finance Minister said the committee did not prefer to have further delay, since it is a high-priority project.

He mentioned that the cabinet body approved the proposal with a condition that the ministry concerned will take initiatives to take approval from ECNEC by submitting a revised proposal mentioning in details the additional cost.

Japanese donor agency Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Bangladesh government is set to finance the project.

As per the specification of the work, the third passenger terminal will be constructed containing a space of 22,600 square metres along with the terminal equipment, security equipment, new cargo terminal of 41,200 square metres, rapid exit taxiway (north and south) of 22,000 and 29,500 square metres, apron of 498,500 square metres and connecting taxiway of 66,500 square metres, multi-storied car parking of 62,000 square metres and road network, including entry and exit ramps.

Utility works such as water supply system, sewerage treatment plant, intake power plant distribution system, equipment of cargo complex, airfield ground lighting system and hydrant fuel system are also included in the project, officials said.

They further mentioned that they will move to sign a contract with the consortium to award the job to the ACD after following the approval of the Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase.

ECNEC in October 2017 approved “Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka Expansion Project” to be implemented by June 2022 at a cost of BDT13,610.47.

Of the amount, JICA was supposed to provide a fund of BDT11,214 crore while the Bangladesh government would spend BDT2,395 crore.

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