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POST TIME: 19 February, 2019 00:00 00 AM
LGED in Rangpur division
Tk 6,578cr projects being implemented
BSS, Rangpur

Tk 6,578cr projects being implemented

The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) implemented infrastructural uplifts spending Taka 6,578 crore in last ten years immensely contributing to rural development in Rangpur division. “We have completed massive infrastructural uplifts under 40 major projects at Taka 6,578 crore in last ten years in Rangpur division,” said Additional Chief Engineer of LGED for Rangpur division AKM Harun-ur-Rashid. Side by side with improving rural communication networks, the

infrastructural developments have improved livelihoods and economy of rural people by cutting poverty and ensuring fair price of agricultural products. “The implemented projects include development of rural infrastructures in various sectors like communications, primary education, construction of union and upazila parisahd complexes, land offices, rubber dam, repairing and maintenance of small-scale water resource projects and other works in the division,” he said.

Constructions of many roads, bridges and culverts, rural markets, sanitary latrines, installation of tube-wells and tree plantation has boosted income of the rural population, including women, in the division.

“Besides, massive infrastructural development schemes are being implemented aiming at attaining a sustainable development in rural areas on way to achieve the sustainable developments goals,” he said.

Executive Engineer of LGED for Rangpur Md. Akhter Hossain said huge infrastructural uplifts have been completed spending Taka 716-crore improving communication, environment and socioeconomic conditions of common people in the district in last ten years.

The major works include construction of 872.50-km roads at Taka 577.72 crore, 2,753-m bridges and culverts at Taka 78.15 crore, nine hats and bazaars at Taka 41-crore, four upazila complexes at Taka 15.63 crore and 22 union parisahd complexes at Taka 11.42 crore in all eight upazilas of the district.

“The projects also include construction works of seven Upazila Muktijoddha Complexes, 23 houses for insolvent Freedom Fighters, Regional Station of Bangladesh Institute of Research and Training on Applied Nutrition (BIRTAN),” Engineer Hossain said.

Besides, rural community people were imparted training for raising their awareness on health and nutrition and participation of women and local government institutions have been intensified in planning, implementation and maintenance activities.

Talking to BSS, Divisional Director (Local Government) Md. Zakir Hossain said massive infrastructural uplifts implemented by LGED at Taka 6,578 crore in last ten years have changed socioeconomic scenario and communication networks in Rangpur division.

“For example, the Sheikh Hasina Bridge constructed at Mohipur point on the Teesta bridging Rangpur and Lalmonirhat and the Sheikh Hasina Dharla Bridge at Shimulbari point on the Dharla bridging Lalmonirhat and Kurigram have improved regional communication networks,” he said.

President of Rangpur Chamber Mostafa Sohrab Chowdhury Titu said the LGED-constructed Sheikh Hasina Bridge and Sheikh Hasina Dharla Bridge have unlocked a new entrance to progress improving communication system in the region.

Easier communication using the two bridges has created a real opportunity to expand regional and international trade and promote agriculture, health, education and other sectors to change socio-economic conditions of common people.