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Panguchi Bridge Construction Project at Bagerhat

The Contract signing took place on 14 November 2023 for the detailed design and construction supervision including preparation of Environment Impact Assessment for the Panguchi Bridge at Morrelganj over the River Panguchi at 17th Km of Signboard-Morrelganj-Sharankhola-Bogi Road in Bagerhat district.

The ceremony was attended among others by:

• Mr Shishir Kanti Routh, ACE Bridge Management Wing, RHD
• Mr Md Shafikul Islam, Project Director, Panguchi Bridge Project
• Mr Abu Ehtesham Rashed, Project Director, Nalua-Baherchar Bridge Project
• Mr Md Joynul Abadin, Project Manager, Panguchi Bridge Project
• Mr Heedo Kim, Country Manager and Authorised Representative of Kunhwa & TAEP
• Mr Park Young Joon, Director, Kunhwa
• Mr Kafil Uddin Ahmed, Director and Authorised Representative of BCL Associates Ltd
• Mr Md Sayed Ali, Deputy Team Leader, Kunhwa-TAEP-BCL JV, Panguchi Bridge Project.

Project Overview:

Implementing Agency : Road Transport and Highways Division, Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges

Development Partner : Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED)

Consultant : KUNHWA of South Korea in Joint Venture with TAEP of Kuwait and BCL Associates Limited, Bangladesh

Project Features : Main Bridge 500m with minimum one 100m Central Span, 900m Viaducts, 723m Approach Road and 1500m River Training Works

Consultancy Scope : Detailed Design of the Bridge, Preparation of EIA, SIA, LAP & RAP, Tender Document Preparation and Assistance.

Construction Supervision in the role of the Engineer of the Project.

Implementation Period : 57 months from the issuance of Notice to Proceed.

BCL Associates Limited would like to send their gratitude to all parties involved in both national and international capabilities.

Environmental and Social Consultancy Services under Bangladesh Economic Zone Authority (BEZA), PMC-16-BSMSN

Bangladesh Economic Zone Authority (BEZA), under Prime Minister’s Office has signed the contract on 16 August, 2023 with BCL Associates Limited for the “Environmental and Social Consultancy Services" of Sheikh Mujib Shilpa Nagar (BSMSN) Development Project (Bangladesh-PRIDE:Pl 70688 funded by The World Bank) at a contract price of 4.9 lacs USD and approximately 10.03 crores BDT including Advance Income Tax and Value Added Tax.

The BSMSN is the first multi sector economic zone comprising an area of around 33,805 acres located in Mirsharai and Sitakundo Upazilas of Chattogram district and Sonagazi Upazilla of Feni district. The Consultancy service has started from 24 August 2023 for a total of 36 months, scope of work entails the following areas-

• Updating of the existing Environmental and Social Assessments (ESA) and Environmental and Social Management plan (ESMP) of the basic infrastructure works and preparation of a detailed ESIA & ESMP for the development of IMD zone including precinct B and part of precinct F; Gas network and Super Dyke (Coastal embankment) in BSMSN while obtaining Environment Clearance Certifications from the Department of Environment

• Preparation of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Management Plan for all sub-project components

• Preparation of the SIA and RAP for the construction of the outside perimeter

• Provide capacity building support to BEZA on Environmental & Social impacts, and risk issues by conducting a full-fledged training Program for the BEZA staff and workers, contractors and, investors based on WB’s ESF and EESs and GoB’s safeguarding policies and acts

• Documentation of Environment and Social specification to be included in the contractors'/ suppliers' bidding documents for the applicable contract packages


SASEC Road Connectivity Project-II

Roads & Highways Department (RHD) & Ministry of Road Transport & Bridges (the implementing agency) has signed the contract in a gala ceremony on 25 October, 2018 with Project Implementation Consultant (PIC) for implementation of this US$ 1420 million project under ADB funding.

BCL Associates Ltd. is the lead National Associate in the Consortium of the Consultants with about 75% of the National Professionals in the team for the largest ever Consultancy contract under RHD at BDT at a contract price of BDT 3,795.28 million, equivalent to US$ 45.72 million.

The consortium comprises Korea Consultants International Co., Ltd. (South Korea) as the Lead in joint venture with Chodai Co., Ltd. (Japan), H.P. Gauff Ingenieure GmbH & Co. KG -JBG (Germany), LEA Associates South Asia Pvt. Ltd. (India), SOOSUNG Engineering Co., Ltd. (South Korea) in association with BCL Associates Ltd. (Bangladesh), BETS Consulting Services Ltd. (Bangladesh), Development Technical Consultants Pvt. Ltd. (Bangladesh), Philkoei International, Inc. (Philippines).

Objective of the project is to enhance the Sub-Regional connectivity among the South Asian nations by providing accessibility through SASEC, Asian Highway, BIMSTEC, SAARC Highway Corridor and to provide accessibility to land ports and economic zones (EZ). Once completed, this Highway will provide better connectivity of 16 northern districts of the country to the capital city of Dhaka.

Project scope of work covers the following areas:

• Upgrading the existing two lane 190.40 km Elenga-Hatikamrul-Rangpur Highway to a 4-Lane Highway with Slow Moving Vehicular Traffic (SMVT) lane on both sides.

• Main components of the Civil Works Contracts include:

(a) Length of the Road - 190.40 kilometre
(b) Bridge - 26 Nos.- 1461.39 Metre
(c) Flyovers - 03 Nos.- 2635 Metre
(d) Railway Overpass - 1 No.- 411 Metre
(e) Steel Foot over Bridge - 11 Nos.- 397 Metre
(f) Box Culvert - 161 Nos.-1102 Metre

• In addition, the project includes Institutional Strengthening of RHD including establishment of the following:
(i) Road Research and Training Centre (RRTC) as RHD centre of Excellence for quality research and Human Resource Development and
(ii) Road Operation Unit for Overload Control, Road Asset Management and Safety operations.

Estimated completion of the project: 2021

Funding agencies: Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Government of Bangladesh.

Consultancy Services for Feasibility Study and Preliminary Design of Dhaka Subway

Bangladesh Bridge Authority (BBA) under the Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges signed a Contract on 2nd August, 2018 with the Consultants Consortium led by TYPSA of Spain where BCL Associates Ltd is the lead national partner. Total budget for the Consultancy Service is BDT 2194 million equivalent to US $25 million.

Under the Consultancy Services Contract, the four subway routes that will primarily be studied are:

(i) Tongi - Saidabad via Airport, Banani, Mohakhali – Farmgate – Gulistan – Jatrabari - Saidabad - Narayanganj Link Road;
(ii) Amin Bazar – Gabtoli – Shamoli - Asad Gate - New Market and University Area – Azimpur - Ittefaq - Saidabad;
(iii) Gabtali - Sainik Club – Natunbazar - Madani Ave.- Kamalapur - Sadarghat; and
(iv) Rampura TV Bhaban – Panthapath – Rayerbazar - Sadarghat.

The project will be implemented in 2 phases. On the first phase, the routes will be implemented at an estimated cost of about US $8.15 billion of which US $5.26 billion for route 1 and US $2.87 billion for route 2. Mr Kabir Ahmed, Chief Engineer, BBA and Managing Director of TYPSA (Africa and Asia Division) signed the contract in presence of the Honourable Minister of Road Transport and Bridges Division, Mr. Obaidul Quader. Prominent Engineer and National Professor Dr. Jamilur Reza Choudhury graced the occasion.

Once implemented, this project along with other ongoing projects will help administer safe travel of nearly 20 million people living in this capital city and reestablish efficiency in transportation system.

Message from Professor Jamilur Reza Choudhury

I congratulate BCL Associates Ltd on launching of their updated Web Page. I was happy to join BCL Associates Ltd celebrating its Golden Jubilee in 2015. Over the last half century, it has been involved in the design and construction supervision of some of the most challenging projects not only in Bangladesh, but also in other parts of the world. No other consulting firm in Bangladesh has been involved in projects in so many countries in Asia and Africa.

BCL is the only consulting engineering firm in the country to have introduced employee shareholding in the company and is the trailblazer among the consulting engineering firms with many laudable achievements in its 50 years of existence. The management and the founders of the firm deserve credit for their visionary leadership to make it. I wish the company success.

Professor Jamilur Reza Choudhury

National Professor