More than 40 mega projects are being implemented involving over Tk 125,250 crore in almost all eight districts under Rajshahi division.
Of these, Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) is being built on 990 acres of land at Ishwardi in Pabna district with an estimated cost of over Tk 113,092.92 crore, reports BSS. Zakir Hossain, Additional Commissioner (Develop-ment and ICT) of Rajshahi division, said the RNPP is being implemented by the Russian Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation. Each construction stage of the plant is closely being supervised both by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA).
The construction of Bangabandhu Silicon City (hi-tech park) is progressing fast at a cost of Tk 281.91 crore on 31.63 acres of land in Rajshahi city. Upon its successful completion by June 2019, the park will create employment for more than 14,000 youths.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Novo Theatre is being constructed on 2.30 acres of land in Rajshahi metropolis at a cost of around Tk 222 crore. The project is scheduled to end by June 2020. A 200-bed Rajshahi Shishu Hospital is being constructed on 2.44 acres of land in Rajshahi city with an investment of Tk 32 crore. Rajshahi Medical University will be established on 85.80 acres of land with an estimated cost of Tk 1,500 crore (first phase by June 2022). Around forty percent work of a project titled "Power Distribution Management Development Project in Rajshahi Zone" was completed by last December.
Power Development Board is implementing the project with an estimated cost of around Tk 915 crore.Department of Roads and Highways has been implementing seven projects costing around Tk 2,136.37 crore. On average, 16 percent work on the projects was completed.
Northwest Zone of Bangladesh Water Development Board is implementing eight mega schemes with estimated cost of Tk 2,260.14 crore.Eight projects of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) are being implemented at a total cost of around Tk 2,946.62 crore. Six other projects of Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE) are being executed with involvement of Tk 35.96 crore.
The West Zone of Bangladesh Railway has been implementing four projects with an estimated cost of around Tk 1,829.76 crore. Upon successful implementation, the projects will contribute a lot to improving living and livelihood condition of the public in general, expected Zakir Hossain.
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