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Tk 665.61cr project approved for religious infrastructure

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Tk 665.61cr project approved for religious infrastructure

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) yesterday approved a project titled ‘Development of Universal social infrastructure’ involving Tk 665.61 crore for development, renovation and extension of some 10,000 universal social infrastructure like graveyards, mosques, crematories, temples, churches.

The approval came from ECNEC meeting held at the NEC Conference Room in the capital with its Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said a total of 10 projects were approved yesterday with an overall estimated cost of Tk 5,180.73 crore.

"Of the total project cost, Tk 4,462.25 crore will come from the state exchequer, Tk 19.93 crore from the organisation's own fund while the rest of Tk 698.57 crore from project assistance," he said.

A project for members of parliament, involving Tk 665.61 crore, is to be approved by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) yesterday.

Under the project, Tk 1 core will be allocated for each upazila, totalling Tk 491 crore for 491 upazilas. The aim is to develop mosques, temples, pagodas, graveyards, cremation grounds and playgrounds. Tk 109 crore will be provided as block allocation to provide more than one core taka as per required. The project will be implemented by June 2020.

The local government engineering department (LGED) will implement the project as per the direction of the local MP.

Planning minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said the MPs will not get the funds directly. But they will have to give priority to develop mosques, temples, pagodas, graveyards, cremation grounds and playgrounds in their respective areas.

The ECNEC also approved Important Rural infrastructure development of Sylhet Division project with an estimated cost of Tk 1,214.35 crore and important rural infrastructure development of greater Comilla (3rd phase) project with an estimated expenditure of Tk 986 crore.

Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) will implement both the projects by June 2022.

The above project in Sylhet Division will cover 39 upazilas of Sylhet, Moulvibazar, Habiganj and Sunamganj districts while the project in greater Comilla will cover 34 upazilas of Comilla, Brahmanbaria and Chandpur districts.

Under these two projects, there will be upazila, union and village level road development, bridges construction over upazila roads, union roads, village roads side by side there will be development of bridges and culverts, development of hat-bazaars and afforestation.

The planning minister said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the meeting asked the authorities concerned to save water bodies and putting emphasis on afforestation while implementing these two projects.

Regarding the approval of construction of multi-storied integrated government office building in Gopalganj project with Tk 97.94 crore, AHM Mustafa Kamal said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has suggested to accommodate all government offices at a single building in each district to render services to the common people from one building.

The other projects approved in the meeting are rehabilitation through slope protection work from the erosion-prone 72nd polder under Sandwip upazila in Rajshahi with Tk 197.04 crore, water supply and sanitation project at 23 pourashavas in Bangladesh with Tk 991.74 crore, construction of cleaners residential building at Narayanganj city corporation with Tk 99.66 crore, constructing 103.43 meter long PC girder Bridge on Aricha (Borangail)-Gheor-Daulatpur-Tangail road with Tk 65.15 crore, establishment of computer and language training lab (2nd revised) at the educational institutions across the country, 2nd revised, with Tk 397.78 crore, protecting Khudbandi, Singrabari and Shuvgachha areas of Kazipur Upazila under Sirajganj district from the river erosion of Jamuna.

Ministers and State Ministers attended the meeting while Planning Commission members and Secretaries concerned were present.

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Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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