Tuesday, 17 May, 2022

Tk 63.17bn more allocated for Ashrayan-2 project

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 5 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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The government has allocated Tk 63.17 billion more in the Ashrayan-2 housing project which aims to provide some 2.5 lakh homeless families with shelters.

At a meeting on Tuesday chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved the fourth revision proposal for the scheme.

After the revision, the total project cost stood at Tk 111.43 billion, while the project tenure was extended up to June 2023.

Planning Minister MA Mannan briefed reporters about the revision after the meeting.

In total, the highest economic policy making body ECNEC on Tuesday approved 10 projects - seven revised and three new - that involved a total of Tk 112.11 billion.

Of the total cost, Tk 107.13 billion will be borne from the state coffer and Tk 4.98 billion will be provided by the implementing organisations, said MA Mannan.

The whole cost of Tk 111.43 billion for Ashrayan-2 project is being borne from the national exchequer, the minister added.

The scheme has been revised by increasing the construction cost of a single house from Tk 200,000 to Tk 2,40,000 on the occasion of the MujibBorsho.

In line with the government’s Housing Policy for Landless and Homeless, some 250,000 families, including those who don’t have any land and home or those who have land but have no home, will be rehabilitated under the revised Ashrayan-2 project.

The meeting cleared a Tk 24.91 billion project to develop important infrastructure and roads under the Chattogram City Corporation (CCC).

The CCC will complete implementation of the project by December 2024.

The other approved projects include - Building Logistics and Fleet Maintenance Facilities for Bangladesh Coast Guard (1st revision) with an additional cost of Tk 1.36 billion, Upgradation of Kumargaon-Badaghat-Airport Road to National Highway means 4-Lane with Tk 7.28 million and Modernization, Digitization and Automation of Bangladesh Television's Central Broadcasting System (Phase 1) (1strevision) with an additional cost of Tk 356.8million. They also include Mobile Game and Application Skill Development (3rd revision) with an additional cost of Tk 482.8million, Polder 43/1 and 44 Rehabilitation under Barguna District and Prevention of Risky Parts from Erosion of Payra River with Tk 7.51 billion, Erosion Prevention of Brahmaputra River in Chilmari and Ulipur Upazilas of Kurigram District (1st revision) with an additional cost of Tk 1.46 billion.

The projects include Basic and Applied Research on the Jute (3rd revision) with an additional cost of Tk 69.2million and BEPZA Economic Zone, Mirsarai-1st Phase (1st revision) with an additional cost of Tk 5.52billion.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina later unveiled the cover of a book titled "Bangladesh at 50: Realization of Dreams through Humane and Patriotic Leadership,” jointly published by finance ministry and planning ministry.

Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, Planning Minister MA Mannan, State Minister for Planning Dr Shamsul Alam, Planning Commission members and secretaries concerned, among others, were also present on the occasion.