Govt wants quick implementation of 8 mega projects

Hasibul Aman

15 March, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The progress of eight ongoing mega projects is going to be reviewed next week, aiming to identify their execution hurdles and find ways to advance them.

The ministry of planning has invited the project officials and secretaries of the ministries concerned to the review meeting scheduled to be held at NEC auditorium on March 21, sources at the ministry said.

Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED), the public sector project watchdog, under the ministry of planning has convened the meeting.

“We’ve called a meeting on the mega projects as the government has attached highest importance to these ongoing projects,” said acting IMED secretary Abul Mansur Md Faizullah.

“The government wants to see their quick implementation as a big chunk of ADP money is going to these schemes. The prime minister also wanted to know about the progress of the projects in the last Ecnec meeting,” he added.

Although such meetings are usually held with the project directors, secretaries of the concerned ministries are being invited this time, Faizullah said, adding that the meeting aims to find out execution problems of the projects and their solutions.

As the boss of the public sector project watchdog, he observed that 80 percent of the ADP projects are not finished within their stipulated timeframe, which shoots up project cost.

“But the prime minister has instructed us to ensure that these projects are implemented within their allocations with strictly maintaining quality of work,” the IMED boss said.

This will be planning minister MA Mannan’s first meeting on fast-track mega projects after he took over full charge of the ministry.

In the Awami League government’s last term, he served as state minister for both planning ministry and finance ministry. 

Principal secretary to the prime minister’s office (PMO) and principal SDGs coordinator are also expected to join the meeting.

The eight mega projects are Padma bridge, metro rail, Rooppur nuclear power plant, Padma rail link, Dohazari-Cox’s Bazar-Gundum rail line, Rampal coal power plant, Matarbari coal power plant and Pyra deep sea port.

The meeting documents suggest that the most important Padma bridge project saw 63 percent overall progress until January with main bridge construction advancing 73 percent and river training work 50 percent.               

Link roads at both Jajira and Mawa points of the under-construction bridge and the work of service area have been completed.

Rooppur nuke power plant fetched the highest amount of Tk 11,099 crore in the current fiscal’s ADP. The project has so far seen Tk 10,207.25 crore cumulative expenditure. 

Pyra deep seaport project is at its primary stage. A Tk 3,350 crore project is now being implemented to set up necessary infrastructure for the deep seaport project. Tk 500 crore has been allocated this year for its infrastructure.

Padma rail link project is being implemented on G2G basis with Chinese government assistance and at an estimated cost of Tk 39,247 crore.

So far, 9,088 crore has been spent against it with 15.2 percent physical progress and 23.15 percent financial progress.

Metro rail project is being implemented at a cost of Tk 21,985 crore with completion duration by June 2024. Tk 3,902 crore was allocated for the project this year. It saw 23.22 percent progress so far.

Dohazari-Cox’s Bazar-Gundum rail line is being implemented at a cost of Tk 18,038 crore with an expectation to complete it by 2022.

This year it got Tk 1,450 crore ADP money. So far, Tk 3,205 crore has been spent against the scheme with 11 percent physical progress.

Rampal power project is being implemented at a cost of Tk 16,000 crore with a target to complete it by June 2020. So far, it has achieved 10.99 percent overall progress and 17.76 percent financial progress.

The Matarbari coal power plant project is being implemented spending Tk 35,984 crore in the hope of completing it by July 2023. It has so far seen 18.67 percent overall progress and 17.87 percent financial progress.