PM unhappy over project delay

Special Correspondent

6 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday directed the authorities concerned to investigate the reasons for not completing projects within the stipulated time.

The premier expressed her dissatisfaction when a revised proposal on Kushtia Medical College Hospital project was placed before the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) for the second time.

Instead of approving the project, the meeting with Sheikh Hasina in the chair decided to take further action on it after getting the investigation report, meeting sources said.

Emerging from the meeting, planning minister MA Mannan told reporters that the project on Kushtia Medical College Hospital was taken in 2012.

“The project was supposed to be completed by 2014. Time was extended twice as the work was not completed within the stipulated time. Later the first revised proposal was approved in 2019. Now a second revised proposal was proposed to complete the work by 2023,” he said.

“Prime Minister expressed resentment over the slow progress of the project. She [PM] termed it unacceptable,” he said.

The planning minister said the premier asked the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division to immediately investigate the matter. 

It can be mentioned that the project was taken in 2012 at the cost of Tk 2750.43 million and was supposed to be completed by 2014.

As the work was not completed, two year more time was extended after a year.

After that, the ECNEC approved the revised project in 2016, adding additional Tk 6110 million more and set a new target to complete the project by 2019.

The authorities concerned placed the second revised proposal with additional Tk 6820.46 million and sought the ECNEC’s approval to complete the project by 2023.

The meeting approved the 1st revision of the COVID-19 Emergency Response and Pandemic

Preparedness project with an additional cost of Tk 5,659.07 crore was approved in a bid to mainly procure, preserve and distribute COVID-19 vaccines to rein in the spread of this deadly virus.

Procurement of equipment for conducting search, rescue operations and establishing emergency communication during earthquake and other disasters (3rd phase) with an estimated cost of Tk 2,2760 million, construction of modern Tottho (information) complex, 1st phase, with Tk 1,1030.66 million, the Sundarbans Protection Project with Tk 1570.88 million, upgrading district highways into due standard and width, 1st revised with an additional cost of Tk 1220.82 million and Chattogram City Outer Ring Road, 3rd revised, project with an additional cost of Tk 2490.81 million were also approved by the ECNEC.