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Dhaka Airport’s Third Terminal Full Completion by April 5th

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The construction of Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport’s third terminal is scheduled for full completion by April 5, with operations expected to commence fully by October. The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) will assume control of the terminal once construction concludes, initiating the transition from old terminals to the new one through the Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer (ORAT) project.

Project Director AKM Maksudul Islam informed UNB that almost all construction, including civil engineering tasks, is nearing completion, with any remaining work anticipated to conclude in the first week of April. This ensures a smooth handover to CAAB by April 6. Islam mentioned preparations are underway for the full operational launch in October, including system integration and calibration tasks that have successfully undergone multiple evaluations.

CAAB Chairman Air Vice Marshal M Mafidur Rahman stated that the third terminal is nearly ready for flight operations and is expected to be fully functional by October. He emphasized that the completion of this terminal will significantly enhance Dhaka airport’s capacity, facilitating the growth of domestic and international airline operations, improving passenger amenities, increasing revenue, and enhancing overall efficiency.

Rahman highlighted the Prime Minister’s directive to expedite the project, noting that the work has been completed ahead of schedule, within the allocated budget, and without compromising quality. The third terminal, equipped with state-of-the-art machinery, aims to provide superior service quality for passengers, accommodating an increase in both domestic and international travelers to boost revenue.

The expansion of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, including the third terminal construction, was approved by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council in October 2017, with the first revised development project proposal approved in December 2019 for BDT 21,399 crore. The construction contract was awarded to the Aviation Dhaka Consortium, including Japan’s Mitsubishi and Fujita, and South Korea’s Samsung, based on a design by architect Rohani Baharin.

Prime Minister Sheik Hasina’s soft opening of the third terminal on October 7, 2023, marked a significant milestone. Once fully completed, the new terminal will more than double Dhaka airport’s capacity and increase annual passenger throughput from 8 million to 20 million, transforming it into a bustling hub and boosting revenue.

Presently, Shahjalal International Airport operates with two terminals covering over 100,000 square meters. The addition of the third terminal will introduce an extra 230,000 square meters of space, featuring 115 check-in counters, 64 departure and 64 arrival immigration desks, enhanced security measures, including 27 baggage scanning machines, 40 scanning machines, 12 boarding bridges, 16 carousels, and 11 body scanners.

The third terminal will enable parking for 37 aircraft simultaneously and includes two high-speed taxiways to reduce runway wait times, buildings for cargo import and export, and a three-storey parking structure for 1,350 vehicles. Initially, 12 out of 26 boarding bridges will be operational, with 115 check-in counters, including 15 self-service counters and 10 automated passport control counters.

Biman Bangladesh Airlines and other domestic airlines plan to increase flight operations with the inauguration of the third terminal. Foreign airlines have also shown interest in expanding their services. The third terminal will be connected to the metro rail and the Dhaka Elevated Expressway, providing seamless access for passengers and enhancing the Dhaka airport’s capacity to serve as a regional aviation hub.

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Rain Expected Amidst Sweeping Heatwave, Met

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Rain or thundershowers, accompanied by temporary gusty or squally winds, are likely to occur at one or two places over Rangpur, Rajshahi, Dhaka, Mymensingh, Barishal, Chattogram, and Sylhet divisions, with hail expected at isolated places in the next 24 hours starting from 9 am today.

“A severe heatwave is sweeping over the districts of Rajshahi, Pabna, Bagerhat, Jashore, Chuadanga, and Kushtia, while a mild to moderate heatwave is sweeping over Dhaka, Rangpur, and Barishal divisions, along with the rest of Rajshahi and Khulna divisions, and the district of Moulvibazar. It may continue,” the weather bulletin said.

Day and night temperatures may remain nearly unchanged across the country. Due to increased moisture incursion, discomfort may increase, it added.

The country’s maximum temperature on Wednesday was recorded at 40.8 degrees Celsius in Chuadanga, while today’s minimum temperature of 20.5 degrees Celsius was recorded in Nikli.

Rainfall for the last 24 hours until 6:00 am today was recorded at 22 mm in Srimangal.

The sun sets at 6:22 pm today and rises at 5:33 am tomorrow in the capital.

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PM Sheikh Hasina Inaugurates Poultry & Dairy Promotion Event

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the Livestock Services Week and Fair on Thursday with the aim of promoting poultry and dairy farmers through the development of the sector.

The prime minister officially opened the 2-day fair at the old Trade Fair Ground at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar beside the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC).

The Department of Livestock Services of the Fisheries and Livestock Ministry organized the fair with the assistance of the Bangladesh Dairy Farmers Association (BDFA) and the Bangladesh Poultry Industries Council (BPIC).

The fair will be open from 10 am to 8:00 pm daily, with no entry fee required for visitors.

Farmers from the poultry and dairy sectors across the country will participate in the event to display their cattle and birds at the fair.

Simultaneous fairs have been organized at 466 upazilas of 64 districts.

The prime minister toured the fairground, stopping at various stalls to see the livestock displayed at the show.

According to the organizers, some 25 pavilions and 30 stalls have been set up at the fairground to showcase the varieties of livestock in the country. Seven pavilions have been dedicated to government authorities.

More than 3,000 farmers out of the total 55,000 members of the BDFA from Dhaka, Cumilla, Manikganj, Munshiganj, Gazipur, Narayanganj, Bogura, Pabna, Sirajganj, Jashore, Benapole, Kushtia, and Chuadanga, and other districts participated in the fair.

According to the organizers, the fair will provide grassroots farmers with the opportunity to conduct business with mega-companies.

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Dhaka Air Quality Hits ‘Unhealthy’ Level, Ranks 4th Globally

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This morning, Dhaka’s air quality has been categorized as ‘unhealthy’. With an Air Quality Index (AQI) reading of 159 at 08:56 am, Dhaka stands as the fourth city on the global list with the poorest air quality. Topping the list are Lahore in Pakistan, Kathmandu in Nepal, and Delhi in India, with AQI scores of 172, 167, and 163 respectively.

According to the classification, when the AQI value for particle pollution falls between 101 and 150, the air quality is labeled as ‘unhealthy for sensitive groups’. Between 151 and 200, it’s termed as ‘unhealthy’, while readings between 201 and 300 indicate ‘very unhealthy’ conditions. A reading exceeding 301 is considered ‘hazardous’, posing severe health risks to the residents.

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