Published:  01:39 AM, 14 September 2017

MPs to get funds for religious places

The Executive Commi-ttee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on Tuesday approved a project involving Tk 665.61 crore for development, renovation and extension of some 10,000 universal social infrastructures like graveyards, mosques, crematories, temples and churches.

The approval came from an Ecnec meeting held in the NEC conference room in the city with its Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair, reports UNB. Briefing reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, said a total of 10 projects were approved yesterday with an estimated cost of Tk 5,180.73 crore.

"Of the total project cost, Tk 4,462.25 crore will come from the national exchequer, Tk 19.93 crore from the organization's own fund while the rest of Tk 698.57 crore from project assistance," he said. Of the approved 10 projects, nine are new while one is revised project.

The Planning Minister said the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) under the Local Government Division will implement the 'Universal Social Infrastructure Development Project' in all upazilas except the city corporation areas by June 2020. Under the project, Tk one core has been allocated for each of the upazilas, except the city corporation areas, for the development of social infrastructures.

The list of these 10,000 social and religious infrastructures have been prepared following the recommendations of the members of parliament (MPs) and based on the need of the concerned public representatives, representatives of the institutions and local people alongside actual status of these infrastructures.

Under the project, Tk 109 crore will be provided  as block allocations to provide more than Tk one core if there are more requirements. The day's Ecnec meeting also approved important rural infrastructures development of Sylhet Division project with an estimated cost of Tk 1,214.35 crore and important rural infrastructures development of greater Comilla (3rd phase) project with an estimated expenditure of Tk 986 crore.

Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) will implement both the projects by June 2022. The above project in Sylhet division will cover 39 upazilas of Sylhet, Moulvibazar, Habiganj and Sunamganj districts while the project in greater Comilla will cover 34 upazilas of Comilla, Brahmanbaria and Chandpur districts.

Under these two projects, there will be upazila-union-and village-level road development, bridge construction on upazila roads, union roads, and village roads in addition to development of bridges and culverts, development of haats and bazaars, and aforestation.

Regarding the approval of the construction of multistoried integrated government office building in Gopalganj project with Tk 97.94 crore, AHM Mustafa Kamal said, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has suggested accommodating all government offices in a single building in each district to render services to the common people from one building.

The other projects approved at the meeting are: Rehabilitation through slope protection work from the erosion-prone 72nd polder under Sandwip upazila in Rajshahi with Tk 197.04 crore, water supply and sanitation project at 23 pourashavas in Bangladesh with Tk 991.74 crore, Construction of cleaners residential building at Narayanganj city corporation with Tk 99.66 crore, Construction of 103.43 meter-long PC girder Bridge on Aricha (Borangail)-Gheor-Daulatpur-Tangail road with Tk 65.15 crore, Establishment of computer and language training lab (2nd revised) at the educational institutions across the country, 2nd revised, with Tk 397.78 crore, Protection of Khudbandi, Singrabari and Shuvgachha areas of Kazipur Upazila under Sirajganj district from Jamuna bank erosion. Ministers, state ministers, Planning Commission members and secretaries concerned were present.

-AA News Desk

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