Ecnec approves 4 projects worth Tk 1668 crore
Published: 02:52 PM, 20 October 2020 Updated: 06:35 PM, 20 October 2020
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina joined the regular Ecnec meeting through videoconferencing from her official residence Ganobhaban. - PID
Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on Tuesday approved a total of four projects worth Tk 1,668.29 crore.
The approval came at a meeting 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. The Prime Minister joined the meeting through videoconferencing from her official residence Ganobhaban.
While briefing reporters after the meeting, Planning Division Senior Secretary Md Ashadul Islam said: “Four projects of three ministries were approved in today’s meeting. The total estimated cost of the four projects is Tk 1668.29 crore,”
Of the total cost, some Tk 1,524.78 crore will be financed from the government fund, while the rest Tk 143.51 crore will come from the concerned organization’s own funds, he said.
Among the four approved projects, three projects are fresh while the rest one is a revised project.
Talking about the project titled ‘Asphalt Concrete Overlaying on the Runway Surface of Jashore Airport, Syedpur Airport and Shah Makhdum Airport, Rajshahi’, the senior secretary said the project will be implemented from January 2021 to June 2023 at a cost of Tk 566.76 crore.
The major project operations include Asphalt Concrete Overlaying on the airport runway surfaces, upgrading of airfield ground lighting system, development of drainage system including runway side-strips, procurement of a modern fire extinguish vehicle for each airport.
During the approval of the project, Ashadul Islam the Prime Minister directed the authorities concerned to install proper lighting system at the domestic airports so that the flights can land and take off at night also.
“Since the use of the airports is on rise, it’ll have to install the lighting system there so that the aircraft can land and take off there at night,” the premier was quoted as saying.
In this regard, the civil aviation and tourism secretary in the ECNEC meeting informed that they have a plan to install the lighting system in the airports on completion of the runway upgrading works.