The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Tuesday (Jan 25) approved 10 projects including flood and riverbank erosion risk management in Padma and Jamuna rivers involving an overall estimated cost of Tk 4,621.34 crore.
The approval came at the ECNEC meeting with ECNEC Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
The premier joined the meeting virtually from her official Ganabhaban residence here while ministers, state ministers, Planning Commission members and secretaries concerned were connected from the NEC Conference Room in the city's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area.
Later, Planning Minister MA Mannan told the reporters: "Of the total project cost, Taka 3,055.21 crore will come from the government while Taka 1,566.13 crore as project assistance."
Among the approved 10 projects, five are new while five others are revised ones.
Bangladesh Water Development Board under the Ministryof Water Resources will implement the Flood and Riverbank Erosion Risk Management Investment Program (Project-2) with a cost of Taka 1,803.07 crore by December 2025, said Mannan.
The main goal of this project is to provide assistance to improve the standard of life, alleviate poverty and achieve sustainable economic growth of the people affected by erosion along the Jamuna and Padma rivers, he said.
The other projects are 'Netrokona-Bishiura- Ishwarganj Road (Z-3710) Development (1st revision)' with Tk 481.20 crore, Construction of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission Building (1st revision)' with Tk 261.86 crore, 'Construction of 16 Regional Passport Offices (Construction of revised 17 Regional Passport Offices and Upward Expansion of 4 Passport Office Buildings) (1st revision)' spending at Tk 128.39 crore, 'Establishment of Sheikh Hasina Cantonment Barisal (1st revision)' with Tk 2,030.09 crore, and 'Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Safari Park, Gazipur Approach Road Widening and Other Necessary Infrastructure Development (3rd revision)' with Tk 242.06 crore.
BDST: 1508 HRS, JAN 25, 2022