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Budget proposes Tk. 61,455 cr for communication infrastructure

Budget proposes Tk. 61,455 cr for communication infrastructure

Finance Minister A H M Mustafa Kamal on Thursday proposed Tk. 61,455 crore for the communication infrastructure sector in the next FY2019-20.

The minister made the proposal while unveiling his maiden budget for the fiscal year 2019-20 in the parliament this (Thursday) afternoon.

“To transform our country into a developed one by 2041, we have taken steps to develop and repair roads and highways, build new roads, construct flyovers/overpasses and bridges/culverts. Steps have been taken to gradually upgrade all national highways into four lanes or above in order to modernize the road transport system. In this respect, 509 km national highway has been upgraded into four lanes while upgradation of another 507 km highways is ongoing,” the Finance Minister’s budget speech read.

It added, “To establish an integrated and uninterrupted communication network in Bangladesh, we are implementing the Padma Bridge, the Tunnel under the Karnaphuli riverbed, the Dhaka Elevated Expressway from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport to Kutubkhali of Dhaka-Chattogram highway, and many other mega projects. About 2 km structure of the Padma Bridge, being constructed entirely with our own resources, has now become visible, and the overall physical progress of the project is 67 percent. The 2nd Kanchpur, 2nd Gomoti and 2nd Meghna Bridge have been opened for traffic after completing their construction ahead of the stipulated time. Hon’ble Prime Minister has opened these bridges for traffic.”

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