ECNEC approves 8 projects costing Tk 51.42 billion
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Tuesday approved eight projects with an estimated cost of Tk 5,142.06 crore (51.42 billion). Among them six projects are new and the rest two are revised projects.
The meeting was presided over by ECNEC Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair at the NEC Conference Room in city's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the city. Concerned ministers, state ministers and secretaries were present.
After the meeting Planning Secretary Nurul Amin briefed reporters in the spots. He said out of the allocated fund Tk 4,129.81 crore will come from the government exchequer while Tk 1,012.55 crore to come from foreign sources as project assistance.
The Planning Secretary said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the meeting issued a set of directives to the authorities concerned that included framing a 'master plan' by the Cox's Bazar Development Authority before undertaking any development project there.
She said development of the sea-beach coastal town should not be haphazard and underscored the need for creating more 'jhao bon' in the coastal areas of Cox's Bazar to protect the tourist town from natural calamity.
The DC should supervise the master plan so that buildings and other infrastructures don't grow mushrooming in the town and around, she said.
Referring to the approval of construction of supporting infrastructures for Bangabandhu Hi-Tech City-2 Project with Taka 344.93 crore, the Prime Minister directed the authorities concerned to incorporate sports and entertainment facilities and shopping mall inside the city.
The Planning Secretary said project on constructing six stadiums in selected upazilas placed by the ministry of Youth and Sports was withdrawn from the meeting since mini stadiums are being constructed at upazila level across the country.
In this connection, Sheikh Hasina directed the authorities concerned to construct such stadiums at open space in upazila-level and not on lands of schools and colleges. She said these stadiums would have galleries at one end while the three other ends would remain open.
The Prime Minister also asked the ministry of Railways not to launch Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU) trains rather introducing rail and other mode of communication from Dhaka to Bangabandhu Hi-Tech Park.
In this connection, she suggested for introducing a separate direct train from Dhaka to the Hi-Tech Park at Kaliakoir.
The other projects approved in the meeting are the widening and strengthening of upazila and union roads project Tk 2606 crore, overhauling and widening of main road from Holiday Circle-Bazarghata-Larpara in Cox's Bazar town at a cost of Tk 258.82 crore, Establishment of telecommunication network at Mirsarai Economic Zone in Chattogram with Tk 61.90 crore, Irrigation development at Pabna-Natore-Sirajganj upazilas using surface water at a cost of Tk 560.53 crore,
These also include Chittagong Hill Tracts rural development project at Tk 224.50 crore, Veterinary Public Health Service strengthening project at Tk 73.26 crore and Export competitiveness for jobs project at Tk 1,012.12 crore.