The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on Tuesday approved a total of six projects involving nearly Tk 1,137 crore including a project on the protection of Jamuna River’s bank from erosion with a cost of Tk 401 crore.
The approval came from the third ECNEC meeting of the new fiscal year (2020-21) held at the NEC Conference Room in the capital’s Sher-E-Bangla Nagar area with ECNEC Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
PM Hasina and Planning Minister MA Mannan joined the meeting from Ganobhaban through video conferencing.
Briefing the reporters at a virtual press conference after the meeting, Minister Mannan said, “Today’s Ecnec meeting approved six projects under four ministries involving an overall estimated cost of Tk 1,136.84 crore.”
Of the amount, Tk 1,028.51 will come from the state exchequer and rest of Tk 108.30 crore will be from foreign funds, he added.
Of the six approved projects, the 'Char Development and Settlement Project-Bridging' project has been cleared at a cost of Tk 236.67 crore.
Institutional skills development, data collection on coastal char development and safe living of poor people in coastal char areas and their living standard and economic and social conditions will be improved to sustain the proposed physical works in the project area.
The main activities of the project are re-excavation of 171 km of canals, construction of alternative dams, protection of river banks and acquisition of 293 hectares of land.
The Khulna Shipyard Road Widening and Development (1st Amendment) project will be implemented at a cost of Tk 259 crore.
Extension and development of existing narrow roads, construction of short distance roads from the Rupsha Bridge approach road to the Khulna city will be carried out in addition to upgrading the city’ communication system and reducing traffic congestion.
A road extension project from Langalband to Minarbari on the Langalband-Kaikartek-Nabiganj highway has been approved at a cost of Tk 260 crore.
Under this project, safe and cost effective road communication will be established by extending the road from Langalband to Kaikartek-Nabiganj district highway from Langalband to Minarbari.
The project 'Re-excavation of Titas river (Lower Titas) in Titas and Homna upazilas in Comilla will be implemented at an overall estimated cost of Tk 76 crore.
Re-excavation of the Titas River and development of the drainage system will carried out to resolve the water-logging problem in the city.
A project on the protection of Jamuna River’s right bank from erosion in Goghat and Khanabari of Sadar and Sundarganj upazilas in Gaibandha will be carried out at a cost of Tk 401 crore.
Under the project, various government and non-government establishments including houses, educational institutions, roads, markets, crop lands in the project area in will be protected from erosion of river Brahmaputra.
The project on the 'Increasing Crop Intensity in Greater Mymensingh Region' has been approved at a cost of Tk 123 crore.
Under the project, the average density of crops in the project area will rise by 2 percent to 210 percent once the permanent and seasonal fallow lands will be used for cultivation with developing diversified cropping areas by planting crops.