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POST TIME: 9 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Govt to construct 8,000 flats for freedom fighters
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Govt to construct 8,000 flats for freedom fighters

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) yesterday approved a total of six projects involving an overall estimated cost of Taka 7,466.73 crore including one to construct some 8,000 flats for the insolvent freedom fighters across the country with Taka 2,273.21 crore, reports BSS.

The approval came from the 19th ECNEC meeting of the current fiscal year held at the NEC conference room in the city's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area with ECNEC chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

Briefing the reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said a total of six projects were approved today with an overall estimated cost of Taka 7,466.73 crore.

“Of the total project cost, Taka 7,026.73 crore will come from the GoB portion while the rest of Taka 440 crore from project assistance,” he added. Of the approved six projects, five are new while one is a revised project. The Planning Minister said the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) under the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs would implement the project by June 2020 at 354 upazilas under 64 districts in the country.

AHM Mustafa Kamal said the government earlier undertook a project in 2010-2011 under which some 2,971 houses were built for the landless and insolvent freedom fighters, but that proved insufficient compared to the demand.

He said after that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during her visit to the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs on January 18, 2015 had directed the Ministry to build some 10,000 flats for the insolvent freedom fighters at upazila and district level.

The main project operations include some 14 acres of land acquisition, construction of some 8,000 flats each sizing 982 square feet in some 532 buildings. Besides, if three or more buildings are built in a place, then there will be residential complex facilities like internal road, lighting and drainage facilities.

The Planning Minister said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed the authorities concerned to frame a specific policy as to determine who would be the real successors of those flats after the deaths of those freedom fighters.