♦ First Ecnec meeting of FY21
♦ Single Point Mooring (SPM) project sees 2nd revision
♦ Ghorashal 3rd Unit sees first revision
The government has cleared nine development projects involving Tk 27.44 billion, including a Tk 3.27 billion scheme for dredging Dhepa and Gorveswari rivers.The approval came at the first Ecnec meeting of the new fiscal year held on a virtual platform from NEC conference room with Ecnec Chief Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
The Prime Minister and Planning Minister MA Mannan joined the meeting from Ganobhaban through a video conference.
“The Ecnec meeting has approved nine projects under four ministries and the total estimated cost of the projects is Tk 27.44 billion,” MA Mannan informed while briefing journalists about the meeting outcomes through another video conference.
Of the project costs, Tk 13.54 billion will be borne from the state coffer, while Tk 9.50 billion will come from development partners and Tk 4.41 billion will be borne by the executing agencies from their own resources, MA Mannan also informed.
The dredging work of two key rivers of Dinajpur district will be done under ‘Rehabilitation of Dinajpur Town Protection Project and Dredging of Dhepa and Gorveswari Rivers adjacent to Dinajpur Town.’
Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) under the ministry of water resources will implement the scheme by June 2023.The main objective of the scheme is to protect the Dinajpur town from flood and erosion through dredging of these rivers.
The main project operations include 7,515 km riverbank protection, another 2,250 km of riverbank protection, some 75.50 km of River dredging, some 46.32 km of embankment reshaping, construction of one regulator and renovation of 15 regulators.
The approved projects include four projects under LGRD and cooperatives ministry, two each under the power, energy and mineral resources ministry and under the water resources ministry, and one under the ministry of shipping.
The projects under LGRD and Cooperative Ministry are Construction of 1490-metre Long PC Girder Bridge on Panchpir Bazar-Chilmari Upazila Head Quarter Road over the Teesta River in Sundarganj Upazila under Gaibandha district (2nd revised) Project; Rupganj Jalshiri Abashon Connecting Road Development (1st revised) Project; Development of Rural Infrastructures in Jamalpur and Sherpur Project; and Bridge Construction over Dakatia River at Faridganj, Chandpur.
The projects under the Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry are Installation of Single Point Mooring (SPM) with double pipelines (2nd revised) Project; Ghorashal Unit Third Repowering (1st revised) Project.
Water resources ministry also got another project approved. It is Rehabilitation of three projects in Dhamurhat, Patnitola and Mohadebpur upazila under Noagaon district and Atrai River Bank Protection including dredging works project.
The lone project under the Shipping Ministry is Establishment of global marine distress and safety and integrated marine navigation system (EGIMNS) Project.
Agriculture Minister Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, Information Minister Dr Mohammad Hasan Mahmud, LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Md Tazul Islam, Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni, Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun, Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Zahid Maleque, Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim, Environment, Forest and Climate Change Md Sahab Uddin, Land Minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury, among others, joined the meeting from the NEC conference room.