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Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has signed an agreement with Beijing Urban Construction Group Ltd (BUCG) for the construction of a new terminal at the Sylhet airport.

Air Vice-Marshal M Mofidur Rahman, chairman of CAAB and Mr Harold Huang, country head of BUCG, signed the bilateral agreement at CAAB’s headquarters in Dhaka on Sunday morning.

CAAB said this project, worth Tk2,116 crore, will take around three years for completion.

After the construction of an ultramodern terminal building, a cargo building, a modern ATC tower, taxiway, apron and a modern fire station ends, passenger capacity of Sylhet Osmani International Airport will be increased to 2,000,000.

Talking to Dhaka Tribune, Mofidur, said that this is a visionary and very important project of the government and after implementation, this project will play a major role in the socio-economic development of our country.

“I welcome BUCG as our development partner,” he added.

During the signing ceremony, Mr Harold Huang mentioned his company’s expertise and experience in building various international airports around the world including Beijing International Airport in China.

Senior officials from both organizations were present during the event.

https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangla...P_VSq4E8uYzoEE40Ei47eguLkE8FQrUskRH64X_peB-y0

https://www.thedailystar.net/countr...irm-sylhet-airport-extension-projecct-1894819
 

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The Tk2,116 crore worth will take around three years for completion

Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has signed an agreement with Beijing Urban Construction Group Ltd (BUCG) for the construction of a new terminal at the Sylhet airport.

Air Vice-Marshal M Mofidur Rahman, chairman of CAAB and Mr Harold Huang, country head of BUCG, signed the bilateral agreement at CAAB’s headquarters in Dhaka on Sunday morning.

CAAB said this project, worth Tk2,116 crore, will take around three years for completion.

After the construction of an ultramodern terminal building, a cargo building, a modern ATC tower, taxiway, apron and a modern fire station ends, passenger capacity of Sylhet Osmani International Airport will be increased to 2,000,000.

Talking to Dhaka Tribune, Mofidur, said that this is a visionary and very important project of the government and after implementation, this project will play a major role in the socio-economic development of our country.

“I welcome BUCG as our development partner,” he added.

During the signing ceremony, Mr Harold Huang mentioned his company’s expertise and experience in building various international airports around the world including Beijing International Airport in China.

Senior officials from both organizations were present during the event.

https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangla...P_VSq4E8uYzoEE40Ei47eguLkE8FQrUskRH64X_peB-y0

https://www.thedailystar.net/countr...irm-sylhet-airport-extension-projecct-1894819

Also by the time this expansion is complete then the road to Dhaka will be widened to 4 or 6 lanes depending on which way you look at it.

Excellent news as Sylhet is my home city!

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What language do you Sylhetis used to speak before 1947?

Our language is not a dialect of Bengali but separate language in my opinion.
It also has it's own alphabet.

We still speak Sylheti, although all children are taught to read and write Bengali at school.

Best to think of the difference between Sylheti and Bengali as the difference between Italian and Spanish.
 

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You know that Sylhet was part of Assam for a long time but it was also close to East Bengal. So the language is neither Assamese nor Bengali. Its a separate language called Sylheti language. An amalgamation of Assamese and Bengali vocabulary.
 

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The architectural design and renditions were finalized sometime ago. Korean firm Heerim was awarded the contract for the design. I understand Sylhet Osmani will be completed first. Saidpur and Barisal will have a similar but much smaller design - as those do not have the same passenger volume (maybe one tenth of Sylhet Osmani right now).



Three Airports Design Projects in Bangladesh
Osmani·Saidpur·Barisal, Bangladesh

  • Location Osmani·Saidpur·Barisal, Bangladesh
  • G.F.A(m2) 37,700(Osmani), 26,200(Saidpur)
  • Floors(F/B) 2/1
  • Design 2018
  • Completion 2022
  • Client Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh(CAAB)
The Three Bangladesh Airport design projects were carried out by the Bangladesh government in response to the improvement of passenger service and the increasing passenger demand. Yooshin performed a master plan of the project and Heerim conducted the basic design and construction documentation of the passenger terminal and auxiliary facilities.

Heerim has designed an international new terminal and subsidiary facilities of Osmani Airport, the second largest airport in Bangladesh, set up domestic and international new terminal and auxiliary facilities design at Saidpur Airport, and the control tower and airport terminal facilities design at Barisal Airport. The exterior and interior designs of each airport were designed with motifs according to Bangladesh regional characteristics.



 

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Is it close to Assamese?
I would say it is closer to Assamese than with Bengali, although there is more Bengali vocabulary in Sylheti being assimilated over the decades for obvious reasons.
What Sylheti people speak is neither a separate language nor closer to Assamese language. Because even when British made Sylhet part of Assam(1874-1947AD), Assamese people never accepted Sylheti language to be a dialect of Assamese language nor Sylheti people as a part of their own ethnicity. Assamese people always considered Syheti people(both Hindu and Muslims) to be Bengali, Sylheti people also considered themselves as Bengali. Assamese nationalists always wanted to get rid of Sylhet in their quest to form an ethno-linguistic homogeneous province, Sylheti people also had active movement before 1947 to return to Bengal province.

Sylheti people always consider themselves as Bengali and their language as a dialect of Bengali language. This is evident even in Barak valley(Karimganj, Hailakandi, Cachar district) in Assam. Barak valley is neighboring to Sylhet and it's inhabitants speak same Sylheti dialect. Before 1947 partition, Barak valley was part of greater Sylhet. In 1950s and 1960s, Assamese govt. tried to impose Assamese language over Barak valley much like Pakistani rulers tried to impose Urdu in then East Pakistan. Much like 1948-1952 language movement in East Pakistan, people of Barak valley also rose-up in a massive movement to retain Bengali as an official language in Barak valley. Climax of that movement occured in 1961 when 11 language activists were killed by Assamese police force.

Subsequently Assam govt. were forced to give Bengali language official status in Barak valley which still continue. So, there is a strong parallel of what happened in then East Pakistan and Barak valley. My question is, why people of Barak valley who are 100 percent same as Bangladeshi Sylheti people gave their life for Bengali language? They could have easily assimilated into Assamese language and culture if they considered to be more akin to Assamese or Bengali as separate language that their own mother tongue.

To this day, people of Barak valley speak Sylheti dialect, but their school and other educational institutions, offices, courts, newspapers, literature uses standard Bengali language. If Barak valley people do indeed consider their language, culture and ethnicity as Bengali then what chance of Bangladeshi Sylheti people do not consider the same? Obviously they do. All these talks of Sylheti being a separate language or more similar to Assamese than Bengali is the opinion of a very fringe group of people, most often from overseas Sylheti diaspora which has no steam in the real world.
 
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What Sylheti people speak is neither a separate language nor closer to Assamese language. Because even when British made Sylhet part of Assam(1874-1947AD), Assamese people never accepted Sylheti language to be a dialect of Assamese language nor Sylheti people as a part of their own ethnicity. Assamese people always considered Syheti people(both Hindu and Muslims) to be Bengali, Sylheti people also considered themselves as Bengali. Assamese nationalists always wanted to get rid of Sylhet in their quest to form an ethno-linguistic homogeneous province, Sylheti people also had active movement before 1947 to return to Bengal province.

Sylheti people always consider themselves as Bengali and their language as a dialect of Bengali language. This is evident even in Barak valley(Karimganj, Hailakandi, Cachar district) in Assam. Barak valley is neighboring to Sylhet and it's inhabitants speak same Sylheti dialect. Before 1947 partition, Barak valley was part of greater Sylhet. In 1950s and 1960s, Assamese govt. tried to impose Assamese language over Barak valley much like Pakistani rulers tried to impose Urdu in then East Pakistan. Much like 1948-1952 language movement in East Pakistan, people of Barak valley also rose-up in a massive movement to retain Bengali as an official language in Barak valley. Climax of that movement occured in 1961 when 11 language activists were killed by Assamese police force.

Subsequently Assam govt. were forced to give Bengali language official status in Barak valley which still continue. So, there is a strong parallel of what happened in then East Pakistan and Barak valley. My question is, if people of Barak valley who are 100 percent same as Bangladeshi Sylheti people gave their life for Bengali language? They could have easily assimilated into Assamese language and culture if they considered to be more akin to Assamese or Bengali as separate language that their own mother tongue.

To this day, people of Barak valley speak Sylheti dialect, but their school and other educational institutions, offices, courts, newspapers, literature uses standard Bengali language. If Barak valley people do indeed consider their language, culture and ethnicity as Bengali then what chance of Bangladeshi Sylheti people do not consider the same? Obviously they do. All these talks of Sylheti being a separate language or more similar to Assamese than Bengali is the opinion of a very fringe group of people, most often from overseas Sylheti diaspora which has no steam in the real world.
@Syed Hammad Ahmed

I am not talking about politics but the linguistic similarities of the three languages.

Of course Sylhetis consider themselves Bengalis but that is not the point here.

There is no concrete evidence that Sylheti derived from Bengali which would make it a dialect.
I never made any point that Sylheti is any dialect of Assamese. It is a language in it's own right in my opinion.

Please see below:

https://www.thedailystar.net/opinio...heda-and-the-rolling-thunder-the-east-1630144

"Whatever the veracity of the claims of separate ethnicity, verbal communication in the area was conducted in the Sylheti tongue, which was much more than just a dialect. That is because there is sufficient historical evidence of an early Sylheti script, closely related to the Devanagari writings".


Sylheti and Bengali seems to have both derived from a common language which makes them languages in their own right.

Sylheti also has it's own writing script which dialects generally do not tend to do with their mother language.


As for similarities between the three languages let us look at below:

https://www.quora.com/Is-Sylheti-a-dialect-of-Assamese-or-Bengali

" What are you doing?

Sylheti: Afne kita xorit rá?

Assamese: Apuni ki kori ase?

Bengali: Apni ki korchen?

• Did you go there?

Sylheti: Tui hono gesot ni?

Assamese: Toi taloi goiso ne?

Bengali: Tui ki shekhane giechish?

• I will cook by myself today.

Sylheti: Ami/Mui aizku nize randímu.

Assamese: Moi azi nize randhim.

Bengali: Ami ajke nije redhebo
."

These above sentences nicely illustrate the greater similarities between Sylheti and Assamese than between Sylheti and Bengali.

Of course there are far more Bengali vocabulary now in Sylheti, due to the amalgamation of Sylhet into BD proper for the last 7 decades, but the evidence suggests that Sylheti is closer(slightly) to Assamese than to Bengali.
 
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What language do you Sylhetis used to speak before 1947?
We speak Sylheti since the foundation of Sylhet!

Is it close to Assamese?
We are close to both Bengali and Assamese languages.
What Sylheti people speak is neither a separate language nor closer to Assamese language. Because even when British made Sylhet part of Assam(1874-1947AD), Assamese people never accepted Sylheti language to be a dialect of Assamese language nor Sylheti people as a part of their own ethnicity. Assamese people always considered Syheti people(both Hindu and Muslims) to be Bengali, Sylheti people also considered themselves as Bengali. Assamese nationalists always wanted to get rid of Sylhet in their quest to form an ethno-linguistic homogeneous province, Sylheti people also had active movement before 1947 to return to Bengal province.

Sylheti people always consider themselves as Bengali and their language as a dialect of Bengali language. This is evident even in Barak valley(Karimganj, Hailakandi, Cachar district) in Assam. Barak valley is neighboring to Sylhet and it's inhabitants speak same Sylheti dialect. Before 1947 partition, Barak valley was part of greater Sylhet. In 1950s and 1960s, Assamese govt. tried to impose Assamese language over Barak valley much like Pakistani rulers tried to impose Urdu in then East Pakistan. Much like 1948-1952 language movement in East Pakistan, people of Barak valley also rose-up in a massive movement to retain Bengali as an official language in Barak valley. Climax of that movement occured in 1961 when 11 language activists were killed by Assamese police force.

Subsequently Assam govt. were forced to give Bengali language official status in Barak valley which still continue. So, there is a strong parallel of what happened in then East Pakistan and Barak valley. My question is, why people of Barak valley who are 100 percent same as Bangladeshi Sylheti people gave their life for Bengali language? They could have easily assimilated into Assamese language and culture if they considered to be more akin to Assamese or Bengali as separate language that their own mother tongue.

To this day, people of Barak valley speak Sylheti dialect, but their school and other educational institutions, offices, courts, newspapers, literature uses standard Bengali language. If Barak valley people do indeed consider their language, culture and ethnicity as Bengali then what chance of Bangladeshi Sylheti people do not consider the same? Obviously they do. All these talks of Sylheti being a separate language or more similar to Assamese than Bengali is the opinion of a very fringe group of people, most often from overseas Sylheti diaspora which has no steam in the real world.
Man, we don't mind if others call us just another sub sect of Bengalis. But, we are Sylheti first and foremost and only we have the right to speak for ourselves.

We dont care about any kind recognition from anybody. It serves no purpose for us...

@Syed Hammad Ahmed

I am not talking about politics but the linguistic similarities of the three languages.

Of course Sylhetis consider themselves Bengalis but that is not the point here.

There is no concrete evidence that Sylheti derived from Bengali which would make it a dialect.
I never made any point that Sylheti is any dialect of Assamese. It is a language in it's own right in my opinion.

Please see below:

https://www.thedailystar.net/opinio...heda-and-the-rolling-thunder-the-east-1630144

"Whatever the veracity of the claims of separate ethnicity, verbal communication in the area was conducted in the Sylheti tongue, which was much more than just a dialect. That is because there is sufficient historical evidence of an early Sylheti script, closely related to the Devanagari writings".


Sylheti and Bengali seems to have both derived from a common language which makes them languages in their own right.

Sylheti also has it's own writing script which dialects generally do not tend to do with their mother language.


As for similarities between the three languages let us look at below:

https://www.quora.com/Is-Sylheti-a-dialect-of-Assamese-or-Bengali

" What are you doing?

Sylheti: Afne kita xorit rá?

Assamese: Apuni ki kori ase?

Bengali: Apni ki korchen?

• Did you go there?

Sylheti: Tui hono gesot ni?

Assamese: Toi taloi goiso ne?

Bengali: Tui ki shekhane giechish?

• I will cook by myself today.

Sylheti: Ami/Mui aizku nize randímu.

Assamese: Moi azi nize randhim.

Bengali: Ami ajke nije redhebo
."

These above sentences nicely illustrate the greater similarities between Sylheti and Assamese than between Sylheti and Bengali.

Of course there are far more Bengali vocabulary now in Sylheti, due to the amalgamation of Sylhet into BD proper for the last 7 decades, but the evidence suggests that Sylheti is closer(slightly) to Assamese than to Bengali.
BTW, Sylheti is a tonal language that is also a major distinctive feature compared to Bengali and Assamese...
 

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Recognition of Sylheti language with its unique Islamic heritage is of utmost important, which is needed to preserve the language, slowly mainstream Kolkata dominated Bengalism is actually changing the vocabulary of Sylheti. 99.99 percent of Sylheti people are proud Bangladeshi-origin like myself as well. But it is important GOB recognize the language and help preserve it, perhaps teach it in education as well. Most of the world is trilingual, just look at those North African countries they have 4 official languages, Arabic, Berber, French and to certain extent Spanish as well and have multiple races, berbers and indigenous African people. Multiculturalism within one national identity works best, just look at those countries that respect human being and accept refugees, immigrants from all parts of world and help them assimilate and integrate while respecting their religion and tradition, them is being blessed by Allah (SWT) as well. We often worry about resources, but we failed to realize this dunya is very insignificant to Allah (SWT) when you take into considerations of the whole universe and the all of 7 heavens that Allah has created, even 1.3 earths can be fit into one Sun, this is just to put things into perspective and I belive Allah will bless those nations, in many ways with resources (Baraka) and stuff if we help and provide land for the helpless, I hope government of Bangladesh also provide land to rohingyas to settle in CHT tracts. The more language people learn the better and faster, the more healthy and active your brain stays. This has been thoroughly studied by scientists. Lastly, we need to also include Arabic and English in the curriculum as well. I hope Sylheti language gets its recognition
 
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What Sylheti people speak is neither a separate language nor closer to Assamese language. Because even when British made Sylhet part of Assam(1874-1947AD), Assamese people never accepted Sylheti language to be a dialect of Assamese language nor Sylheti people as a part of their own ethnicity. Assamese people always considered Syheti people(both Hindu and Muslims) to be Bengali, Sylheti people also considered themselves as Bengali. Assamese nationalists always wanted to get rid of Sylhet in their quest to form an ethno-linguistic homogeneous province, Sylheti people also had active movement before 1947 to return to Bengal province.

Sylheti people always consider themselves as Bengali and their language as a dialect of Bengali language. This is evident even in Barak valley(Karimganj, Hailakandi, Cachar district) in Assam. Barak valley is neighboring to Sylhet and it's inhabitants speak same Sylheti dialect. Before 1947 partition, Barak valley was part of greater Sylhet. In 1950s and 1960s, Assamese govt. tried to impose Assamese language over Barak valley much like Pakistani rulers tried to impose Urdu in then East Pakistan. Much like 1948-1952 language movement in East Pakistan, people of Barak valley also rose-up in a massive movement to retain Bengali as an official language in Barak valley. Climax of that movement occured in 1961 when 11 language activists were killed by Assamese police force.

Subsequently Assam govt. were forced to give Bengali language official status in Barak valley which still continue. So, there is a strong parallel of what happened in then East Pakistan and Barak valley. My question is, why people of Barak valley who are 100 percent same as Bangladeshi Sylheti people gave their life for Bengali language? They could have easily assimilated into Assamese language and culture if they considered to be more akin to Assamese or Bengali as separate language that their own mother tongue.

To this day, people of Barak valley speak Sylheti dialect, but their school and other educational institutions, offices, courts, newspapers, literature uses standard Bengali language. If Barak valley people do indeed consider their language, culture and ethnicity as Bengali then what chance of Bangladeshi Sylheti people do not consider the same? Obviously they do. All these talks of Sylheti being a separate language or more similar to Assamese than Bengali is the opinion of a very fringe group of people, most often from overseas Sylheti diaspora which has no steam in the real world.
Take a look at my post please

The architectural design and renditions were finalized sometime ago. Korean firm Heerim was awarded the contract for the design. I understand Sylhet Osmani will be completed first. Saidpur and Barisal will have a similar but much smaller design - as those do not have the same passenger volume (maybe one tenth of Sylhet Osmani right now).



Three Airports Design Projects in Bangladesh
Osmani·Saidpur·Barisal, Bangladesh

  • Location Osmani·Saidpur·Barisal, Bangladesh
  • G.F.A(m2) 37,700(Osmani), 26,200(Saidpur)
  • Floors(F/B) 2/1
  • Design 2018
  • Completion 2022
  • Client Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh(CAAB)
The Three Bangladesh Airport design projects were carried out by the Bangladesh government in response to the improvement of passenger service and the increasing passenger demand. Yooshin performed a master plan of the project and Heerim conducted the basic design and construction documentation of the passenger terminal and auxiliary facilities.

Heerim has designed an international new terminal and subsidiary facilities of Osmani Airport, the second largest airport in Bangladesh, set up domestic and international new terminal and auxiliary facilities design at Saidpur Airport, and the control tower and airport terminal facilities design at Barisal Airport. The exterior and interior designs of each airport were designed with motifs according to Bangladesh regional characteristics.



Wow MashAllah
 

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The architectural design and renditions were finalized sometime ago. Korean firm Heerim was awarded the contract for the design. I understand Sylhet Osmani will be completed first. Saidpur and Barisal will have a similar but much smaller design - as those do not have the same passenger volume (maybe one tenth of Sylhet Osmani right now).



Three Airports Design Projects in Bangladesh
Osmani·Saidpur·Barisal, Bangladesh

  • Location Osmani·Saidpur·Barisal, Bangladesh
  • G.F.A(m2) 37,700(Osmani), 26,200(Saidpur)
  • Floors(F/B) 2/1
  • Design 2018
  • Completion 2022
  • Client Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh(CAAB)
The Three Bangladesh Airport design projects were carried out by the Bangladesh government in response to the improvement of passenger service and the increasing passenger demand. Yooshin performed a master plan of the project and Heerim conducted the basic design and construction documentation of the passenger terminal and auxiliary facilities.

Heerim has designed an international new terminal and subsidiary facilities of Osmani Airport, the second largest airport in Bangladesh, set up domestic and international new terminal and auxiliary facilities design at Saidpur Airport, and the control tower and airport terminal facilities design at Barisal Airport. The exterior and interior designs of each airport were designed with motifs according to Bangladesh regional characteristics.



Any thoughts regarding my post Bilal ?
 

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Any thoughts regarding my post Bilal ?
Well about Sylheti language, I don't see any harm in the govt. providing funding to revive the language (written as well as spoken), and study of it in schools and in academic circles. The script is still available, though not in wide usage even in Sylhet itself. I'd leave it to Sylhetis themselves to establish their preference on this.

There are so many well-educated Sylhetis in higher echelon jobs and careers. While they speak Bengali in official circles, among Sylhetis themselves the language is of course Sylheti, as is the case in Chittagong.

Bangladesh is quite a small place - so the lingua franca remains Bengali with regional accents. I don't see that changing soon.

We have to be careful about these linguistic divisions, because according to Indian plan, the first things they will try to do is to create linguistic conflicts for purposes of weakening our unity in Bangladesh.

That subject of unity no one in Bangladesh is willing to compromise on, is my belief. Indians have their eye on Sylhet, as well as Chittagong. We need to be very aware of their schemes. They will try to do the same thing they tried to do in Pakistan various times, is create local divisions. Bangladesh will be harder (culturally more homogeneous), but they will still try.

We will pay back the Gangus in their own scheme by weakening India as well. Just watch.

On the topic of Assam (which you did not mention), I believe Sylhetis can do a great job of mobilizing their relatives in India, the Sylheti speaking Assam citizens in the Barak Valley, toward greater self-determination to carve out their own independent dominated area and a separate state. I believe that is a great approach to reduce BJP influence on their populace.

About Rohingya I have my doubts whether, given the choice, they'd settle in the hill tracts, rather than Arakan.

They have been living in Arakan for multiple (I can say five or six) generations, easily. They are rightfully Myanmarese citizens by any meaning of the word and that right cannot be taken away, even by terrorizing them. They will go back to Myanmar (Arakan) eventually, whether in two years, or twenty. These kinds of wrongs cannot be tolerated by the global community.

@Homo Sapiens bhai what do you think of my ideas?
 
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