Tamabil Land Port officially opens
The much-awaited Tamabil Land Port was inaugurated yesterday in Sylhet.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith and Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan inaugurated it around noon in Tamabil of Gowainghat upazila in the district.
Tamabil is an important land port for importing coal, limestone, stone, fruits and exporting cosmetics, bricks and processed food. It is the first land port in Sylhet division.
In January 2002, Tamabil Customs Station was upgraded to a land port. But in 2015, 13 years after the upgradation, the authorities completed the land acquisition and after that, the construction work began.
The land port was supposed to open in 2016 but a slow work pace delayed the opening.
At a cost of Tk 69.26 crore, the land port was built on 23.72 acres of land; of which 1,09,330 cubic metres were developed, 2,500 metres of wall was built, and 8,180 square metres long internal road was constructed.
The authorities also created 27,000 square metres (sqm) of open stackyard, a warehouse (744 sqm), 2,000 metres of drain, an office, dormitory, barrack and five watch towers in the port area. The land port also has two weighbridges and two weight scales, each with a capacity of 100 tonnes.
Imran Ahmed, lawmaker of Sylhet-4 constituency; Nojibur Rahman, chairman of the National Board of Revenue; and Abdus Samad, secretary to the shipping ministry, were also present during the opening ceremony.