The government on Tuesday okayed five development projects involving a total of Tk 4,636.80 crore (Tk 46.37 billion), including a key disaster shelter scheme.
The approval came at the meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) held with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair at city’s NEC auditorium.The largest project was first revision proposal of Multipurpose Disaster Shelter Center Project designed to protect the people of the coastal areas from various natural disasters.
Its cost now went up by Tk 235 crore (Tk 2.35 billion) to Tk 3,170.76 crore (Tk 31.71 billion) after the first revision, informed Planning Minister MA Mannan at a press briefing later.
Some 556 cyclone shelters are being built under the project which would be mainly used for conducting academic activities of primary education and other academic purposes, he said.
In the meeting, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked the authorities concerned to ensure necessary access roads, reservoirs for preserving rain water, toilets and store rooms in those cyclone centers to ensure maximum facilities for the beneficiaries, Mannan said quoting the PM.
Under the project, there will also be vertical and horizontal expansion of some 450 cyclone shelters side by side there will be construction of some 182 kilometer access roads and construction of 656 meters of bridges and culverts.
The planning minister informed that of the total Tk 4,636.80 crore (Tk 46.37 billion) estimated project cost Tk 1,476.04 crore (Tk 14.76 billion) will come from the state exchequer while the rest of Tk 3,160.76 crore (Tk 31.61 billion) from project assistance. A project proposal to set up a chancery complex at Jeddah in Saudi Arabia at a cost of Tk 208.79 crore (Tk 2.09 billion) also got approval in the Ecnec meeting.It will facilitate the operations of the Bangladesh mission at Jeddah.
Currently, operations of Bangladesh mission in Jeddah are run in a rented house, but Jeddah is commercially very important for Bangladesh for which the Chancery Complex would be built there, according to Mannan.
Bangladesh Consulate General in Jeddah will implement the project at Bogdadia area in Jeddah by September 2023.
It will be a three-storey building having a space of 6,354 square meter. Besides, there will be officers’ residential building having a space of 6060 square meter, staff residential building having a space of 6300 square meter.
The PM has directed for keeping free access of the expatriates Bangladeshis in the Chancery Complex there once it is built.
She also stressed the need for keeping all necessary amenities there like spacious sitting arrangements, toilets and water facilities considering the huge number of expatriates there.
The Premier also underscored the need for further reducing the delay in processing and implementation of the development projects.
ECNEC also approved a proposal for increasing the timeframe of Establishment of National Institute of Laboratory Medicine and Referral Center (2nd revised) without increasing its cost.
Other projects are: Upgrading important regional highways into due standard and width (Rangpur Zone), 1st revised of Tk 993.90cr (Tk 9.94 billion) cost; Development of Darshana-Mujibnagar regional highway of Tk 149.83cr (Tk 1.49 billion) and Construction of Chashara-Khanpur-Hajiganj-Godnail-Adamjee EPZ Road of Taka 113.52cr (Tk 1.14 billion).