Published:  12:08 AM, 15 November 2017

Mega project of rural development going on

Implementation works of a big project are progressing fast aiming at enhancing the accessibility of the rural people to the markets and economic opportunities in the region with ultimate goal of uplifting their living and livelihood conditions.

The project being implemented by Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) has already started widening the access to markets and economic opportunities. It will also boost the earnings, access to basic services like health and education of the rural poor, reports BSS.

Ali Ahmed, Additional Chief Engineer of LGED, told this correspondent that the seven-year project titled "Sustainable Rural Infrastructure Impro-vement" is being implemented in 21 districts covering 140 upazilas under Rajshahi, Rangpur and Khulna divisions at a cost of around Taka 989.73 crore.

Main thrust of the project is to increase rural income and reduce rural poverty through sustainable economic growth, social and gender development and improving infrastructure in the project area. Under the project, around 678-km upazila roads and 173-km union roads are being upgraded to bitumen standard to provide connectivity between agricultural production areas and growth center markets. Besides, 53.57-kilometer upazila roads and 18.16-kilometer union roads are being upgraded.

The rural road network will ultimately promote overall development of the transportation system. Thereby, socio-economic condition of the rural people will be elevated by providing assistance for higher agricultural production and their marketing.

Cross drainage structures, such as bridges and culverts with a total length of 4,500 meters are being constructed. Provisions for road safety such as road signs, delineators and bollards near the approach to the bridges and reflectors added to tree trunks and provision of loading and unloading zones were incorporated into the design of Upazila roads.

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