CHATTOGRAM, Feb. 24, 2019 - Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina views the China-funded mega-river tunnel project in Chattogram, Bangladesh, Feb. 24, 2019. The mining work of a China-funded mega-river tunnel in southeastern Bangladesh started on Sunday. Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the main structural work of the project by unveiling its foundation plaque on Sunday morning. China Communication Construction Co Ltd (CCCC) has been constructing the "Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Tunnel" beneath Karnaphuli river with Chinese soft loans. The tunnel construction is to make Chattogram "One City Two Towns" based on a model of east and west Shanghai of China. The 3.4-km-long four-lane tunnel, the first of its kind in Bangladesh and Southeast Asia, will shorten the ride between Chattogram Airport to a planned industrial park from four hours to 20 minutes.

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Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (C, front) views the China-funded mega-river tunnel project in Chattogram, Bangladesh, Feb. 24, 2019.

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