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Indo-Bangla connectivity

Project to construct border roads approved by ECNEC

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The Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) has approved the 'Inter District Border Road Construction: Mymensingh and Netrakona Districts Part' with Tk 457.30 crore in a bid to boost connectivity and facilitate trade between Bangladesh and neighboring India. The approval came after the ECNEC meeting, 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 reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said that a total of eight projects had been approved yesterday with a total cost of Tk 2,865.04 crore. "Of the total project cost, Tk 1,536.43 crore will come from the government exchequer while Tk 1,328.61 crore as project assistance," he informed. The Roads and Highways Department under the Roads and Highways Division will implement the Inter District Border Road Construction project by June 2019, to be borne entirely by the state exchequer, at Durgapur and Kalmakanda upazilas of Netrakona and Haluaghat and Dhobaura upazilas of Mymensingh districts. Under the project, an 80-kilometer road will be constructed as part of the 214 kilometer-long Sunamganj-Netrakona-Mymensingh-Sherpur-Jamalpur road. In the Netrakona part, the proposed border road stretches from Moheshkhola, the connecting point of Sunamganj and Netrakona, and ends at Tinali area on the Birishiri-Bijoypur land port road. Since the proposed road goes through the bordering Kalmakanda upazila with a length of 36 kilometer, it is important for expanding trade between Bangladesh and India.
Another 44 kilometer road in the Mymensingh part (Hatipagar-Bijoypur) connects bordering districts. The Planning Minister remarked that the move would boost connectivity in the region, while such roads would be constructed in phases in bordering areas. He informed that the number of border huts would also be increased soon. The ECNEC also gave a nod to the Protection of Polder 56/57 from the river erosion of Meghna at Doulatkhan and Borhanuddin upazilas under Bhola district, with Tk 551.50 crore in a bid to protect the Shahbazpur gas field, homes, roads, farm land and other public and private infrastructures. The meeting also downsized the project cost of the ‘Water Management Development Project (3rd revised)’ by Tk 166.32 crore to Tk 815.95 crore, since the development partner Netherlands withdrew their committed $ 17.35 million fund from the project.
Sources present at the meeting said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina directed the authorities concerned to ensure waste management before granting approval to any project in the industrial sector. The other projects approved at the meeting included construction of the 1,490 meter-long PC Girder Bridge over Teesta River on the connecting road of Pachpir Bazar-Chilmari and upazila headquarter under Sundarganj upazila in Gaibandha district, first revised with Tk 730.85 crore; establishment of National Livestock and Poultry Management Institute and disease investigation laboratory, second revised with Tk 42.80 crore; CHT complex construction project at Bailey road in the capital with Tk 102.33 crore; digging of Mobarakpur oil or gas exploration well with Tk 87.46 crore and Narsingdi BSCIC industrial estate expansion project with Tk 76.85 crore. Ministers and State Ministers attended the meeting in the presence of Planning Commission members and concerned secretaries.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
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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