ECNEC okays 3.19bn project to ensure road safety in DNCC

Staff Correspondent

28 October, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The government has approved a Tk 3.19 billion project to improve traffic infrastructures development, and reducing traffic congestion in the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC).

The project got the approval at the 13th Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) meeting of the current fiscal held at NEC conference on Tuesday with Prime Minister and ECNEC Chairperson Sheikh Haisna in the chair.

The premier joined the meeting from her official Ganobhaban residence through a video conferencing while other ECNEC members were connected from the NEC Conference Room in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area.

“Three projects of two ministries were approved in today’s meeting. The total estimated cost of these three projects is Tk 5,189.69 crore,” said Planning Division Senior Secretary Md Ashadul Islam while briefing reporters after the meeting.

Among these, two are revised projects and the rest one is a fresh project, he said.

Of the total cost, Ashadul said Tk 2,270.76 will come as project assistance while the rest from the government of Bangladesh.

Talking about the project titled ‘Road Safety including Improvement of Traffic Infrastructures in Dhaka North City Corporation Areas,’ Member of the Planning Commission Md. Mamun-al-Rashid said the DNCC will implement the project by June 2023 with an estimated cost of Tk 319.23 crore.

The main objectives of the project include easing the movement of people and traffic, reducing traffic congestion, enhancing safety by improving the city’s thoroughfares in planned ways as well as construction of foot-over bridges, development of existing foot-over bridges, installing escalators with the foot-over bridges in order to ensure safe movement of pedestrians.

The major project operations include development of 13.68-km road, construction of 9.05-km roadside drainage and 6.58-km pipe drainage, development of 26.58-km footpath, 7.74-km road median, installation of 22.77-km MS grill fencing, 22.31-km SS grill fencing and 1710 traffic signs, construction of 50 passenger camps and 36 new foot-over bridges, development of 47 foot-over bridges, and installation of 17 escalators with foot-over bridges.

Md Ashadul Islam said though it was proposed that DNCC will finance Tk 63.85 crore for the project, the Prime Minister directed to finance the project fully from the government’s fund.

The Prime Minister also asked the local government bodies, including city corporations, to enhance their capacity gradually to execute the development projects with their own revenues in future.

The day’s ECNEC meeting also cleared the first revision of ‘SASEC Road Connectivity Project-II: Elenga-Hatikamrul-Rangpur Highway Four-Lane Upgradation’ project increasing the cost by Tk 4763.37 crore and extending the timeframe till December 2024 instead of August 2021.

The overall project cost has now increased to Tk 16,662.38 crore from the original outlay of Tk 11,899.01 crore, which was scheduled to be implemented from September 2015 to August 2021.

Besides, the ECNEC endorsed the 2nd revision of Development of Sonapur (Noakhali)-Sonagazi (Feni)-Zorargonj (Chattogram) Road Project, increasing the cost by Tk 107.09 core and extending the timeframe till June 2021.

Noting that the legal complexities often cause the delay in implementation of development projects in some cases, Prime Minister asked the ministries concerned to take prompt measures to dispose of the legal cases related to the projects, if any.