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The government is going to construct 86.51-kilometre long duel gauge rail line from Bogura to Shaheed M Mansur Ali Station in Sirajganj to ease the rail transportation of people living in northern region.
The executive committee of national economic council (ECNEC) on Tuesday approved this Tk 5,579.70cr project along with 23 other projects with an accumulated cost of Tk 24, 740.66 crore. The ECNEC gave the clearance at its 12th meeting of the current fiscal held at the NEC conference room with ECNEC Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
After the meeting, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal told reporters that of the total cost of the 24 development projects that ECNEC has approved, the government will provide Tk 19,361.96 crore while the organizations will provide Tk 306 crore and the remaining Tk 5,072.66 crore will come from the project assistance. The minister said construction of 86.51-kilometre rail line and installation of 16.30-km duel gauge loop line from Bogura to Shaheed M Mansur Ali Rail Station in Sirajganj are the main tasks of the project.
“Tk 2,433.10 crore will come from the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) and Tk 3,146.60 crore will come from the third line of credit (LoC) of India,” he said, adding that Bangladesh Railway would implement the project.
The tenure of the project is from July 2018 to June 2023, he also said.
The ECNEC has also approved another rail project titled ‘Construction of new rail line from Iswardi to Dhalarchar (second amended)’ at an estimated cost of Tk 1,737.18 crore, Kamal said.
He also said the project will be completed by June 2019. Bangladesh Railway will implement the project, he added.
Besides, the 24 projects that got clearance at Tuesday’s ECNEC meeting include one to set up 23 polytechnic institutes in different districts across the country.
About the polytechnic institute project, the minister said the Technical and Madrasah Education Division will implement the ‘Establishment of Polytechnic Institutes in 23 Districts Project’ by June 2021 with an estimated cost of Tk 3,691.30 crore.
He said the polytechnic institutes will be set up in the 23 districts where there is no government polytechnic institute now.
Mustafa Kamal said there are now 49 polytechnic institutes, including four exclusively for women, across the country but there is no polytechnic institute in 23 districts.
There are also projects to construct a 20-storey new building at Bangladesh secretariat at an estimated cost of Tk 420.98 crore and construction of third Karnaphuli Bridge (Third Amended) costing Tk 797.94 crore and others.