The government yesterday approved a total of 10 projects with an overall estimated cost of Taka 2,216.75 crore, including one to widen the Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf Marine Drive Road with Taka 1,092.35 crore, aimed at flourishing tourism industry and improving socio-economic conditions there.
The approval came from a meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) held yesterday with its Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
The premier joined the meeting virtually from her official residence Ganobhaban while ministers, state ministers, planning commission members and secretaries concerned attended the meeting from the NEC Conference Room in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister MA Mannan informed that a total of 10 projects were approved today involving an overall estimated cost of Taka 2,216.75 crore.
“Of the total project cost, Taka 1,875.57 crore will come from the government of Bangladesh portion while the rest of Taka 341.18 crore as project assistance,” he said.
Out of the approved 10 projects, six are new while four others are revised projects.
Revealing some of the directives of the premier given in the meeting, the planning minister said the Prime Minister asked the authorities concerned to construct elevated roads, bridges or culverts instead of reconstructing the flood-affected roads at those points which were damaged or cut to drain out flood water in Sylhet region.
The Prime Minister also emphasized on construction of bridges and culverts instead of roads in Haor and flood-affected areas to avert flood water stagnation.
“Special projects will be undertaken for rehabilitation of the flood victims of the Sylhet region,” said Mannan.
Sheikh Hasina also directed the authorities concerned to find out the places where the construction of underpasses and overpasses is needed.