ECNEC approves 10 projects of Tk 4166cr...

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ECNEC approves 10 projects of Tk 4166cr

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 03:38 PM, 22 June 2021   Updated: 07:50 PM, 22 June 2021

The weekly ECNEC meeting held at the NEC conference room - PID

The weekly ECNEC meeting held at the NEC conference room - PID

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Tuesday approved 10 projects involving the total estimated cost of Tk 4,166.61 crore. 

Of the cost, Tk 4125.82 crore will come from government funds, while the remaining Tk 40.79 crore as project assistance 

The approval came at the weekly ECNEC meeting held at the NEC conference room with ECNEC chairperson and prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. The premier joined the meeting from her official Ganabhaban residence while ministers, state ministers, planning commission members and secretaries concerned joined the meeting from the NEC Conference Room in the city's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area.  

After the meeting, planning minister MA Mannan briefed reporters. 

Of the approved projects, seven are new and the remaining three are revised ones. 

Of the total 10 approved projects, two for rural infrastructure development in Gazipur and Tangail districts with a combined estimated cost of Tk 1,550.64 crore. 

Mannan said the Gazipur district rural infrastructure development project will be implemented with Tk 685 crore while the important rural infrastructure development project in Tangail will be implemented with Tk 865.64 crore. 

The main project operations in Gazipur will be 65.74-kilometer Upazila road widening and development, 91.03 kilometer Union road development and widening, 287.12-kilometer village road development and widening and construction of 5 bridges and 2 growth centers.

On the other hand, the main project operations in Tangail will be 20.04-kilometer Upazila road development and widening, 73.33 kilometer Union road development and widening, 597.11-kilometer village road development, 147.57-kilometer road rehabilitation, construction of 24 small bridges and 26 growth centers.

The planning minister said the day's ECNEC meeting also approved Tk 261.34 crore project to supply safe water and improving sanitation facilities in rural areas of Gopalganj.

Mannan said he was very much excited about the project as a component on piped water supply has been included in the project.

Terming this project as a "giant step forward" towards materializing the government's initiative of turning villages into towns, he said that the government wants to ensure power, safe drinking water, improved health, sanitation, education and other infrastructures at the rural level.

"This is a historic step and it has a farsighted impact on poverty alleviation," he added.

The planning minister also informed that such kind of projects would be brought before the ECNEC in future giving priority.