A grassroots road network project is being implemented with the main thrust of removing physical bottlenecks for improving rural accessibility, upgrading quality and enhancing sustainability of rural transport and market services in the project area.
The estimated cost of the six-year project titled "Improvement of Rural Roads, Bridges, Culverts and other Infrastructure of Backward Upazilas" is around Taka 425 crore. A total of 53 disadvantaged upazilas under Rajshahi, Naogaon, Nato-re, Chapainawabganj, Pabna, Sirajganj and Bogra districts were brought under the project being implemented by Local Government Engi-neering Department (LGED). Under the project, more than 105.70-km upazila roads, 323-km union roads and 502.74-km village roads were improved besides construction of 1000-meter bridges and culverts on the improved roads connecting important places of upazila and every union with Union Parishad, and next higher road network, reports BSS.
Apart from this, 15.75-kilometer submergible roads and 4-kilometer road protection infrastructures are being constructed. The rural level improved infrastructures have already started reducing transport cost, improving marketing system, increasing production and marketing facilities of agricultural products which are contributing a lot of socio-economic development of the project area.