The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Tuesday approved a project involving Taka 4,371 crore to bring navigability back in four rivers to ensure smooth and safe plying of vessels.
The approval of the project ‘Navigability Development and Reclamation of Old Brahmaputra, Dharla, Tulai and Punorbhoba Rivers’ came from the 8th 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, State Minister for Finance and Planning MA Mannan said a total of 15 projects were approved today involving an overall estimated cost of Taka 13,218.31 crore.
“Of the total project cost, Taka 8,479.22 crore will come from the government of Bangladesh portion, Taka 448.43 crore from the organisation’s own fund while the rest of Taka 4,290.66 crore from project assistance,” Mannan said.
The State Minister said Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority under the Ministry of Shipping Ministry will implement the navigability development and reclamation of four rivers project by June 2024.
The project area covers Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Gaibandha and Dinajpur districts of Rangpur Division, Kishoreganj of Dhaka Division and Jamalpur, Sherpur and Mymensingh districts of Mymensingh Division.
Under the project, around 227 kilometre of the Old Brahmaputra River would be dredged to 100 meter width and 3 meter depth to upgrade it into a class-2 navigational route to ensure transportation of passengers and goods with ease, comfort and less cost.
Besides, around 60 meter of the Dharla River would be dredged into 38 meter width and 2 meter depth to transform it to class-3 navigational route. Apart from this, the Punorbhoba River will be transformed into a class-3 navigational route while the Tulai River into a class-4 navigational route through conducting necessary dredging.
Of the approved 15 projects, 10 are new while 5 are revised projects.