December 1, 2021, 12:48 am

ECNEC approves Selected Madrasha Development Project with Tk 5,919cr

Patheo Desk : Economic Council (ECNEC) today approved the Selected Madrasha Development

Project with an estimated cost of Taka 5,918.63 crore in a bid to ensure

infrastructural development of some 2,000 selected madrashas in the country.

The approval came from the sixth ECNEC meeting of the current fiscal year

(FY19) held at the National Economic Council (NEC) conference room in the

city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area with ECNEC Chairperson and Prime Minister

Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

Briefing the reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa

Kamal said a total of 18 projects were approved today involving an overall

estimated cost of Taka 17,786.95 crore.

“Of the total project cost, Taka 13,813.44 crore will come from the

Government of Bangladesh, Taka 42.62 crore from the organisation’s own fund

while the rest of Taka 3,930.89 crore from project assistance,” he added.

The Planning Minister said some 2,000 selected madrashas will be covered

under the project where each members of parliament has given a list of six

madrashas in their respective constituencies to be covered under the project.

Besides, some masrashas will be selected under special consideration.

The Directorate of Madrasha Education and Education Engineering Department

under the Technical and Madrasah Education Division will implement the

project by June 2021.

Of the approved 18 projects, 12 are new and six are revised projects.

The Madrasah Development Project operations include construction of

madsrasha buildings, classrooms, upward extension of madrasha buildings,

construction of new madrasha buildings in divisional and metropolitan areas,

hilly areas, coastal areas, haor, baor, beel and river prone areas, salinity

prone areas and procurement of necessary furniture.

Answering to a question, AHM Mustafa Kamal, commonly known as Lotus Kamal,

said a project related to the use of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) is

likely to be placed in the next ECNEC meeting.

The use of EVMs might be on trial-run basis in the next general election,

but the matter is up to the Election Commission, he informed.

The other projects approved in the meeting are Rural Transport Improvement

Project-2 (RTIP-2), second revised, with Taka 4,819.70 crore, Completing the

unfinished works of PC Girder Bridge on Lohalia River under Patuakhali

district with Taka 102 crore, Embankment protection and dredging of Arialkhan

River under Faridpur district with Taka 291.49 crore, Noakhali, Feni,

Laxmipur, Chattogram and Chandpur agriculture development project with Taka

69.43 crore, Power distribution system development, Chattogram Zone, first

revised with Taka 1,421.48 crore, Extension and strengthening of Bangladesh

Standards and Testing Institution (fifth district), third revised with Taka

51.45 crore, Development of Pabna Science and Technology University with Taka

480.60 crore, Integration, modernization, maintenance and extension of safety

facility of 3MW capacity research reactor facility of nuclear research

institution in Savar with Taka 74.95 crore.

The rest of the approved projects are Urban primary health care services

delivery project (second phase) with Taka 1,136 crore, Physical

Infrastructure development of eight pourasabhas under Jamalpur district with

Taka 612.86 crore, Land acquisition for surface water treatment plant of

Rajshahi WASA with Taka 78.69 crore, Preservation of history and historical

building and surroundings development of Dhaka Old Central Jail with Taka

607.36 crore, Preservation of killing field and construction of monument for

the mass killing committed by the Pakistani occupation forces during the War

of Liberation in 1971 with Taka 442.40 crore, Pachuria-Faridpur-Bhanga

Railway Track rehabilitation and construction, second revised with Taka

347.31 crore, Jamalpur-Dhanua-Kamalpur-Roumari-Datbhanga district highway

widening and strengthening (Z-4606) (Kurigram portion) with Taka 332.10

crore, Strengthening of first class weather surveillance station at 13 river

ports in Bangladesh with Taka 80.50 crore and Barisal Division rural

Infrastructure Development with Taka 920 crore.

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