Obaidul Quader told reporters at Munishiganj on Friday that the work order could be issued in the first week of June.
China Major Bridge Engineering Company was likely to get the contract provided its proposal did not clash with national interests, he said.
“There is still some scrutiny needed,” he added.
Quader said the Mawa approach road work had already progressed considerably. “As we had to move the Mawa ferry terminal urgently, we’ve started building a terminal near Shimulia Bazar. The army has already begun laying the 2.5km road,” he added.
“The Mawa terminal, however, will be permanently shifted to Kantiparha. For that we need at least a year.”
The minister also said that the Mawa embankment was almost complete. The army has laid one million sandbags, and the remaining 400,000 bags would be laid within three to four days.
Four companies will submit bids for the river training programme on May 29. These companies are Sinohydro from China, Hyundai Engineering and Construction from Korea, Jan De Nul from Belgium and Van Oord of Netherlands.
The budget for river training is Tk 70 billion, Quader said. The road from Mawa to Babu Bazar bridge would be converted into four lane, he added.