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The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Wednesday approved a total of 13 projects, including a mega one to set up Tk 3322 crore double-circuit 400 KV transmission lines to extend the power transmission infrastructures in the northern region, aiming to import power from India, Bhutan and Nepal in the future.
The approval came from the weekly ECNEC meeting held at the NEC Conference Room in the city with ECNEC chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
“A total of 13 projects were approved involving an overall estimated cost of Tk 12,459.79 crore,” said Planning Minister MA Mannan while briefing reporters after the ECNEC meeting. Of the total projected cost, Tk 9,481.77 crore will come from the national exchequer, while Tk 154.45 crore from the own funds of the organisations concerned and the remaining Tk 2,823.58 crore as project assistance, he said.

Of the projects, 10 are new while three others are revised ones.

The Planning Minister said once the transmission line project is implemented, it will be possible to import power from Indian 1600 MW Power plant to be set up by Adanai Group at Jharkhand.
The imported power will be later transmitted to Sylhet, Chattogram and other parts of the country from Kaliakoir.
Mannan said that the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Limited (PGCB) under the Power Division will implement the project by June, 2022.
Of the total project cost, Taka 1,424.26 crore will come from the GoB portion, Taka 153.44 crore from the organization’s own fund while the rest of Taka 1744.62 crore as project assistance under the Indian $2 billion Line of Credit.
The main project objectives include setting up the transmission line for evacuating power from the proposed 2 x 800 MW power plant to be set up at Jharkhand in India by Adani Group.
The main project operations include erection of 120 kilometer 400 KV double-circuit transmission line from Boropukuria to Bogura, erection of 140 kilometer 400 KV double-circuit transmission line from Bogura to Kaliakoir, extension of two 400 KV AIS bay at the 400/230 KV power substation at Kaliakoir, and extension of two 230 KV AIS bay at Parbotipur 230 KV switching station.
Once the project is completed, it will also be possible to import power from Nepal and Bhutan through this transmission line in future.

The other projects approved in the meeting are Land acquisition for setting up Mirersarai Indian Economic Zone with Tk 845.83 crore, construction of Payra Bridge on Barishal-Patuakhali road, 2nd Revised with Tk 1,447.24 crore, Upgrading Mohipal-Choumuhoni portion of Feni-Noakhali National Highway into four-lane with Tk 747.09 crore, development of Sindukchhari-Mohalchhari portion of Mohalchhari-Sindukchhari-Jaliapara road with Tk 97.66 crore, procurement of necessary machineries and equipment for Mongla Port with Tk 433.52 crore.
The other projects include construction of residential building for the Postal Department officials and employees in Dhaka, 1st Revised with Tk 376.73 crore, Flood control, water logging eradication and drainage development in Chattogram metropolitan with Tk 1,620.74 crore, Right embankment protection of Brahmaputra River at Chilmari and Ulipur upazilas with Tk 302.60 crore, Construction of Bridge over River Feni at Sonagazi and Mirersarai with Tk 662.88 crore, Production, protection and distribution of high quality paddy, wheat and jute seed at Farmers’ level through modern technology with Tk 269.57 crore, Capacity building of 64 technical school and colleges with Tk 1,533.83 crore and Establishment of 3rd factory under Essential Drugs Company Limited at Gopalganj, 2nd Revised with Tk 799.76 crore.