Mohammad Zakaria
The government is going to implement a master plan to modernise 183 upazila towns across the country with basic infrastructural development.
The upazilas will be provided with the same facilities as that of municipalities.
To this end, a project titled ‘Upazila Town (non-Municipal) Master Plan and Basic Infrastructure Development’ has been undertaken with an aim to increase the facilities of the people of 183 upazila towns and develop the environment of the areas. The government has taken this initiative as there is no development project has been taken for developing these 183 upazila towns.
The project has been sent to the planning commission for the its seal of approval, a senior official of the planning commission told Bangladesh Post on Sunday.
The project is now waiting for the approval of executive committee of national economic council (ECNEC). It is likely to be placed the ECNEC meeting scheduled to be held on Tuesday with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair, the official also said. The project expenditure is estimated at Tk 1380 crore which is finalised by the Development Project Proposal of the planning ministry. All funds will come from the government exchequer, the official also said.
The project tenure is from July 2018 to June 2022.
The government has selected 183 out 492 upazilas across the country. The government has developed 309 upazilas earlier.
Sources said the feasibility study is not conducted as the project areas are included under the master plan.
According to the proposals, the government will construct roads and repair the existing roads, bridge-culverts and improve the drainage system at these areas. The government will also construct the 183 kitchen markets and 589 public toilets at the upazila towns.
To implement the project, the government will procure 10 acres of land to construct the basic infrastructure at these upazilas.
Meanwhile, the government took a massive project titled ‘Important Urban Infrastructure Development Project’ worth Tk 3465.50 crore to develop the municipalities across the country which will be implemented from January 2018 to December 2021.