Govt’s 5905cr project to overcome cyclone-floods damage
Published: 03:29 PM, 16 November 2020
A damaged area in Satkhira; File Photo
The government is going to take a project at a cost of Tk 5,905 crore to overcome the damage caused by super cyclone Amphan, floods and heavy rains.
The project is scheduled to be raised for approval at a meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Tuesday.
According to the relevant sources, the project will be implemented from October this year to December 2023 by the Local Government Division or Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) of the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives
Apart from coronavirus, Bangladesh has been affected by natural disasters in 2019 and 2020. The coastal region of Bangladesh was badly affected by Super Cyclone Amphan - which was hit in May last year. This year, Bangladesh has seen long-term floods as well as heavy rains.
These natural disasters caused extensive damage to roads, bridges, culverts, houses, schools, colleges, various establishments and crops in the coastal areas.
The project covers 69 upazilas of 14 districts of Khulna, Barishal, Chattogram and Dhaka divisions affected by Amphan, 182 upazilas of 28 districts of Rangpur, Rajshahi, Khulna, Dhaka, Mymensingh, Sylhet and Chattogram divisions affected by floods, 139 upazilas of 22 districts of Rajshahi, Khulna, Dhaka, Mymensingh and Chattogram divisions affected by heavy rains will be implemented.
The objective of the project is to preserve rural road connectivity through rehabilitation of cyclone Amphan and flood-damaged roads and bridge-culverts, save transportation cost and time through sustainable road maintenance.
Besides, to facilitate the marketing of various products, rural employment in the agricultural/non-agricultural sector through repair and rehabilitation of road infrastructure will be created directly and indirectly to boost the rural economy.
In order to implement these objectives, under this project, 2,338.34 km of upazila roads, 2,274.68 km of union roads and 1,534.94 km of rural roads will be renovated. Besides, 78 km of RCC roads will be rehabilitated, 4,631.85 m (268) bridges, 692.37 m (239) culverts will be renovated, and 328 km of trees will be planted.
About this, the Planning Commission said the project will make a positive contribution to the overall poverty alleviation, including the creation of new jobs for those affected by cyclones, floods and heavy rains.