The transport and communication sector gets a third highest allocation of Tk61,455 crore in the next Fiscal Year 2019-20, a Tk8374cr higher than the earlier allotment of Tk53,081 crore in the current fiscal ending on June 30.
Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal proposed the allocation for transport and communication sector while placing the budget in the parliament on Thursday.The allocation is about 12.4 percent of the total budget of Tk5,23,190 crore.
In his budget speech, Kamal said: “A modern, safe and environmentally friendly transportation and communication infrastructure is required to sustain economic development and achieve a higher growth for the country.”
“Bangladesh ranks 103 among 140 countries in The Global Competitiveness Index 2018 published by the World Economic Forum. Making a massive investment in the communication sector is extremely important if we want to sustain the current pace of growth,” according to the finance minister.
He said as part of communication infrastructure development the government puts railway as one of the priority sectors, and has taken up numerous projects to upgrade it.
A total of Tk16,263 crore was proposed for the Ministry of Railways for the next budget, which was Tk14,542 crore in 2018-19.
The minister said steps have been taken to develop and repair roads and highways, build new roads, construct flyovers/overpasses and bridges/culverts.“All national highways will be upgraded to four lanes or above in order to modernize road transport system,” Kamal said during his budget speech at the House.
“To establish an integrated and uninterrupted communication network in Bangladesh, we are implementing Padma Bridge, Tunnel under Karnaphuli riverbed, Dhaka Elevated Expressway from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport to Kutubkhali of Dhaka-Chattogram highway and many other mega projects,” he added.
A total of Tk29,273 crore has been proposed for Road Transport and Highways Division for the next budget, which was Tk24,380 crore in FY’18-19.
The minister also said steps have been taken to develop internal road networks in Dhaka metropolitan area, reduce traffic congestion at the entry and exit points of Dhaka and establish a planned and integrated modern public transport system in Dhaka and the adjacent areas.
“We are implementing the Revised Strategic Transport Plan (2015-35). Under this plan, the construction of first Metro Rail in Bangladesh, MRT Line-6 from Uttara to Motijheel is in progress. Alongside, the implementation of Bus Rapid Transit or BRT from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport to Gazipur is under way,” he said.