The government on Tuesday cleared nine projects involving a total of Tk 65.51 billion, including one to improve a regional highway in Tangail at an estimated cost of Tk 14.36 billion.
The approval came at the meeting of The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) held virtually with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
The upgradation of Tangail-Delduar-Louhati-Saturia-Kawalipara-Kalampur bus stand road regional highway to due standard and width will be implemented to ensure safe and uninterrupted road communications system. Roads and Highways Department will implement the road upgradation project in Tangail by December, 2023.
“Once the project is completed, safe and uninterrupted road communication will be established in Tangail, Delduar, Nagarpur, Dhamrai and Saturia upazilas with Manikganj and Dhaka apart from a cut in travel time,” the planning minister told reporters.
The main project activity includes 73.44 hectares of land acquisition, construction of five PC girder bridges, widening and strengthening of pavements, construction of one grade separated intersection and one U-loop or underpass, construction of 31 RCC box culverts, 13.26 lakh cubic metre road embankment widening, and construction of drains.
The ECNEC meeting was informed that the work of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman tunnel under the River Karnaphuli is likely to be completed much before the stipulated timeframe of December 2022.
Mannan said that out of the two channels of the tunnel, the work of one has already been completed while the other one is likely to be complete before the scheduled time.
The main physical work of the tunnel is nearing completion as the project didn't see any revision. On the other hand, the project may save some funds, he noted.
The Prime Minister gave approval to the second revision proposal of establishing Kushtia Medical College and Hospital at an additional cost of Tk 713.8 million, but she asked for taking actions against people responsible for the project delay. Other approved projects are Sayedabad water supply project, phase-3, 1st revised with an additional cost of Taka 29.21 billion, Agriculture weather information system development, 1st revised with an additional cost of Tk 931.8m, and establishment of two agricultural training institutes at Jagannathpur and Mohonganj upazilas with Tk 3.56bn. The approved sehmes also include river bank protection, re-excavation of small rivers, canals, beels, addressing water logging at Pirganj upazila in Rangpur of Tk 1.66bn, River bank protection on the both sides of Kirtinasha River at Shariutpur with Tk 3.19bn, Boropukuria-Bogura-Kaliakoir 400kv line, 1st revised with an additional cost of Tk 7.30bn, and construction of Khulna-Mongla rail line, 2nd revised with an additional cost of Tk 4.59bn.