PM asks authorities to keep terminals clean

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday asked the authorities concerned to strengthen waste management at all railway stations and bus and launch terminals across the country.

“Make all the country’s railway stations and bus and launch terminals clean,” quoting Sheikh Hasina, said Planning Minister MA Mannan to journalists after the Executive Committee meeting of the National Economic Council (ECNEC).

A total of four projects involving Taka 796.45 crore were approved at the meeting held virtually with ECNEC Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

The Prime Minister, and Planning Minister MA Mannan joined the meeting from Ganabhaban through a videoconference, while other Ecnec members were connected from the NEC Conference Room in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area.

MA Mannan said, “Today, we placed four projects from three ministries. Of them, three are completely fresh and one is for revision. The estimated cost of the projects is Tk 796.45 crore (only additional cost of the revised project was counted here).” 

Of the total cost, Tk 623.65 crore will be borne from the state coffers, while the rest Tk 172.80 crore will come as loan from the World Bank, he said.

About the Mouza and Plot-Based National Digital Land Zone Project, the Planning Minister said the Land Ministry will implement the project at a cost of Tk 337.60 crore by June 2024.

Two other new projects are Bhairab River Re-excavation (2nd Phase) Project involving Tk 237.56 crore and Canal Re-excavation to address Water-logging in Begumganj, Chatkhil, Senbag and Sonaimuri upazilas of Noakhali Project with Tk 71.87 crore.

The Ecnec meeting okayed the first revision of Bangladesh Regional Waterway Transport Project-1 (Improvement of Chattogram-Dhaka-Ashuganj and connecting river routes and installation of terminals and others) raising both the cost and time.

The project cost was raised by 149.42 crore as it has increased to Tk 3,349.42 crore in the revision from the original cost of Tk 3,200 crore.

The project deadline was extended to December 2025 from the original deadline of June 2024.