The Chinese interest shown on this matter was reported in the pages of an English daily on 12th. November. It was an interesting and attractive proposition. The matter when presented to the authorities should be seriously looked into, and if otherwise financially sound, taken up on an urgent basis. Apart from anything else, it will reduce our need for imported liquid fuel, equipment, spares and manpower needed for operating ferries across many of our rivers. Once work on the Karnaphuli tunnel is taken up, we may consider this option wherever possible.
Such an option can replace ferries that are plying now, particularly for roads connecting Dhaka with Chittagong, Khulna, Sylhet, and other important cities all over Bangladesh. Tunnels could possibly be a better option than building bridges or operating ferries. Quite possibly, safety, weather related matters, maintenance, repair spare part, and fuel and lubrication costs for ferries will be permanently curtailed! Also the foundation and structural upkeep of bridges, if built of steel, can be a regular cost issue, due to atmospheric and river corrosion and other similar matters.