Infrastructure development has been contributing a lot towards boosting income and reducing poverty of the rural population particularly women in Rajshahi region.
Officials of the concerned departments said development of upazila and union road, bridge and culvert, rural market, sanitary latrine, tube-well installation and tree plantation are very important for improving living and livelihood condition of the grassroots population.
To attain the cherished goal, Local Government Engineering Depart-ment (LGED) has implemented a mega project in this region.
More than 282 schemes were implemented in 31 upazilas in Rajshahi, Natore, Naogaon and Chapinwabganj districts under the project recently.
The seven-year project has been implemented involving around Taka 208.76 crore with the main thrust of attaining a sustainable economic growth and rural development through improving need-based infrastructure.
Additional chief engineer of LGED Abdul Maleque Sarker told BSS that more than 69.51-kilometer upazila roads and 228.03-kilometer union roads alongside 1109.85-meter bridges and culverts were constructed for overall improvement of the transport network of the rural area.
A total of 31 rural markets were improved to create short and long –term employment opportunity, socioeconomic development and poverty alleviation.
Participation of beneficiaries including women and local government institutions in planning, implementation and maintenance activities of the project were intensified.
Community people were imparted training on campaigning and awareness building on health and nutrition. Through road maintenance, interests of the beneficiary market laborers group and women market traders along with poor women traders are being protected.
The project has also strengthened the institutional capacities and skills of project beneficiaries, local government institutions in planning and implementing programmes.
Roadside tree plantation activities on the 158.50-kilometer improved roads have been implemented successfully.
Tubewell and sanitary latrines were provided to more than 7,120 poor and marginalized households for livelihood and pro-poor institutional development. Thereby, the outbreak of water-borne diseases is likely to be
decreased. Safe-drinking water supply infrastructure has started addressing the existing water-stress challenge.
The project is working for capacity building and institutional development through providing training to the union parishad representatives, LGED officials and community groups.