The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) has approved a Tk 14.36 billion project to upgrade a regional highway, located in Tangail and Manikganj districts, to ensure a safe and uninterrupted roads communication system with the capital city.
The approval came in the fifth ECNEC meeting of the current fiscal year with ECNEC Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair, reports BSS.
The Premier joined the meeting virtually from Ganabhaban while ministers, state ministers, Planning Commission members and secretaries concerned attended it from the NEC Conference Room in the city's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister MA Mannan said a total of nine projects were approved today involving an overall estimated cost of Tk 65.51 billion.
“Of the total project cost, Tk 37.42 billion will come from the government of Bangladesh portion, Tk 262.2 million from the concerned organisation's own fund while the rest of Tk 27.83 billion as project assistance," he said.
Among the approved nine projects, four are new while five others are revised ones.
The planning minister said that the Roads and Highways Department under the Road Transport and Highways Division will implement the road up-gradation project in Tangail by December 2023.
Once the project is completed, safe and uninterrupted road communication will be established in Tangail, Delduar, Nagarpur, Dhamrai and Saturia upazilas with Manikganj and Dhaka in much lesser time.
The main project operations include 73.44 hectares of land acquisition, construction of five PC girder bridges, widening and strengthening of pavements, construction of one grade-separated intersection and one U-loop or underpass, construction of 31 RCC box culverts, 1.32 million cubic metre road embankment widening, and construction of drains.