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PM orders, forbidden to rebuild damaged roads

| Updated:
June 29, 2022 6:04:05 p.m.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina prohibits reconstruction of roads that have been damaged or opened to drain flood waters in the Sylhet region, instead orders construction of elevated roads, bridges or culverts in the same alignments.

She issued the directive during Tuesday’s meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) which approved 10 development projects involving an estimated cost of 22.17 billion taka, Planning Minister MA Mannan said. to journalists.

In addition, he added, the Prime Minister has renewed his advice for the construction of bridges and culverts instead of roads in Haor and flood-affected areas in the future, as reports indicate that some roads in flood plains have blocked the flow of water.

The planning minister said, “Special projects will be undertaken for the rehabilitation of flood victims in the Sylhet region.”

Sheikh Hasina also asked the concerned authorities to search for the places where the construction of underground and overpasses is necessary.

Chaired by the Prime Minister, the ECNEC meeting approved six new projects and four revised ongoing projects.

Coming out of the meeting, the Planning Minister told reporters that out of the total Tk 22.17 billion, Tk 18.75 billion will come from internal government resources while the remaining Tk 3.41 billion will come from from external sources as project support.

Among the approved projects is the project to widen the Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf sea route (from 1.60 km to 32 km) which costs Tk 10.92 billion. It will be implemented from July 2022 to June 2025.

The main objectives of the road widening project are to establish a “safe communication system, develop the tourism industry and improve the socio-economic condition of the local people”.

The widening works include a 30 km stretch of the sea route and the modernization of a 305 meter two-lane bridge over Reju Khal.

It also endorsed expansion of improved variety and technology of spices to Tk 1.19 billion, expansion of sustainable agriculture in Jashore region to Tk 1.71 billion, construction of railway viaduct at Railbazar located at Kushtia (Trimohoni)-Meherpur-Chuadanga-Jhenaidah 81st km Regional highway project at Tk 751.1 million, construction of PC girder bridges and RCC Box culverts at places where narrow dilapidated bridges are located on the Pirojpur part of the Tk 3.33 billion Chakhali-Tushkhali-Mathbaria-Patharghata highway project, extension of physical infrastructure facilities of MES (Military Engineering Services) in the project of Dhaka cantonment worth Tk 985 million.

Other approved projects are Construction of Railway Viaduct at Gatepar in Jamalpur City (1st Revised Project) at an additional cost of Tk 1.32 Billion, Construction of Bhaban Magistrates Court at District 64 Headquarters in Bangladesh-1st phase (3rd revision) project to reduce the cost from Tk 2.04 billion to Tk 24.64 billion, emergency aid for water supply and sanitation in Ukhia upazilas and Cox’s Bazar District Teknaf (1st Revision) at an additional cost of Tk 3.07 billion and the Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf Road (N-1) Development Project (2nd Revision) at an additional cost of Tk 919.6 million Tk.

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