CHITTAGONG: The newly-constructed car parking shed of Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) started operation formally on Thursday.
With this, the capacity of CPA for storing imported car will rise to 3,700 from the existing 2,800.
The car-shed was constructed on an area of 1.92 lakh square-feet near Bandar Stadium in the city at a cost of around Tk 23.78 crore, said CPA sources.
The shed was declared as custom-bonded area by National Board of Revenue (NBR) on May 9 this year, they said.
CPA Chairman Rear Admiral M Khaled Iqbal told the journalists at the car shed on Thursday that they are planning to increase capacity of the shed from 900 to 2,700 vehicles in phases through developing multi-storey car parking system inside it.
Two car carriers having capacity of carrying six cars at a time were procured for shifting the imported cars from the jetty to the shed, he said.
The carriers were procured at a cost of Tk 1.95 crore each in May, 2016, informed the chairman.
The importers will also be able to avail facility for transporting imported car to their destinations by the carriers, he added.
Chittagong Customs House Commissioner AFM Abdullah Khan observed that starting of operation of the car parking shed reflects the increasing capacity and efficiency of the port.
He also said the concerned people had been demanding for a car-shed since long.
CPA officials informed that 900 cars will be shifted to the new shed within one week.
It will lessen the traffic congestion at the Gate No.4 of the port, they said.
Besides, after shifting of the 900 cars to new shed storing capacity of containers will also increase by 1,000 TEUs at the empty places, they added.
Berth Operators and Ship Handling Operators Association President Fazle Ekram Chowdhury, Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) Director Mahfuzul Haque Shah, local agent of the supplier firm Borotakia Group Managing Director Niaz Morshed Elite and other high officials of CPA, customs and representatives from the Bangladesh Reconditioned Vehicle Importers and Dealers Association (BARVIDA) were also present at the car-shed during starting the formal operation.