Liton calls for installing international river port in Rajshahi

RAJSHAHI, Mayor of Rajshahi City Corporation AHM

Khairuzzaman Liton has called for establishing international river port in

Rajshahi for saving the mighty Padma river.

He mentioned that river port based on the Rajshahi's Padma River has

become the demand of time to strengthen and expand the trade and business

here.

Mayor Liton made this observation while addressing a viewsharing meeting

with high officials of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) here at his

city bhaban office yesterday.

BWDB Chief Engineer Mohammad Ali and its Superintending Engineer Amirul

Haque Bhuiyan and Executive Engineer Syed Shahidul Islam were present at the

meeting.

Mayor Liton told the meeting that Rajshahi had a river port during

Pakistani regime. Goodsladen vessels from India and inside Bangladesh used

to come here. Mangoes from Rajshahi were sent to Dhaka by vessels.

But after the Farakka barrage, nowadays, the shelf wakes up all year

round except for three months of rainy season. There should have an attempt

to build the river port again by removing the existing sand.

He said that the river port will be cost effective in bringing goods

from India and from other parts of the country. Bangladeshi businessmen will

be able to bring products at low cost. Again, Indian businessmen can invest

here and can export products to their country or others. The traders of the

two countries will get benefit if the river port is built here.

Liton also says capital dredging in the Padma River adjacent to Rajshahi

city has already been started creating a bright prospect of establishing a

river port.

Upon the successful completion of the dredging works, huge lands will be

reclaimed. We have plans of establishing various infrastructures including

Bangabandhu Safari Park, Hotel, Motel, Cottage and amusement sites on the

land after massive plantation, he added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)