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Project Profile

Construction & Operation of Inland Container Terminal (ICT) at Khanpur
Project Information
Project Name:
Construction & Operation of Inland Container Terminal (ICT) at Khanpur
Transport (Port)
Ministry of Shipping
Implementing Agency:
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA)
The project location is at Khanpur, situated on the Shitalakhya river under the district of Narayanganj and adjacent to the town of Narayanganj, Bangladesh.
Estimated Capital Cost:
< $6m
> $500m
Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the project on 14 August, 2013.
Around 70 percent of containers at the Chittagong port originate or are destinated for the Dhaka, of which only 17 percent are transported from the Chittagong port by road and rail. The remaining containers are transported to and from Dhaka area by truck. The huge congestion in Dhaka-Chittagong road and results significant delays in shipment delivery. As an alternative, inland water transport (IWT) system has a good potential in the country considering that there is only one Inland Container Depot (ICD) at Dhaka connected through railway to Chittagong Port.

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) is a government agency responsible for the development for IWT system in the country. BIWTA owns and operates river terminals and jetty facilities in the country including the jetty at Khanpur which is situated on the Shitalakhya river in Narayanganj District with an area of around 14 acres. Khanpur has good connectivity through IWT with some other comparative advantages and has good potential for commercial viability. For this purpose, BIWTA has considered private investment to redevelop the project under PPP model.
It is expected that redevelopment of Khanpur ICT through PPP will reduce congestion and transportation cost. The cost savings aspect of IWT in comparison with other modes would create remarkable margin as it is less than half the cost of transporting through rail and less than one-fourth than that of road. In addition to this it is safer than road transportation. The re-development of the port through PPP will ensure the following objectives:
  • To efficiently handle containers to be transported by inland waterways from/to the maritime ports of Chittagong and Mongla;
  • To facilitate the container transportation between Bangladesh and India under the Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade (PIWTT); and
  • To facilitate container stacking, stuffing & un-stuffing and other allied services.
Project Scope:
  • Establishment of a terminal with annual capacity of 80, 000 TEUs
  • Development of the backup land considering the flood level and
  • Replace the existing jetty structure to cater the new terminal capacity
Project Implementation Period:
Development Period: 2014 - 2015
Procurement Period: 2015 - 2016
Transaction Advisor:
PricewaterhouseCoopers Private Limited
The project is in Development phase.

Director (Investment Promotion)
Phone: +88 02 55007420
Public Private Partnership Authority
Prime Minister's Office
Plot: E, 13-B, 1st Floor, Sherebangla Nagar
Agargaon, Dhaka-1207
Phone: +88 02 55007421
(Last updated 20 February 2024; subject to further revision.)