The Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec) on Tuesday cleared 10 development projects, including a Tk 2,490-crore one, for the development of different roads and infrastructures of Chattogram city aiming to remove its traffic chaos and enhance its beauty.
The approval came from an Ecnec meeting presided over by Ecnec Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who joined it virtually from her official residence Ganobhaban. The ministers and officials concerned were connected from the NEC conference room in the capital.
“Ten projects, including seven revised ones, were approved in today’s meeting and the overall estimated cost of the projects is Tk 11,211.44 crore (only additional costs of revised projects were counted here),” said Planning Minister MA Mannan while briefing reporters after the meeting.
About the revision of so many projects, he said some practical problems are there in Bangladesh, which delay the implementation of those.
Describing the problems, the minister said the reasons behind the revision of projects in Bangladesh include Covid-19 pandemic, price-hike of project materials, land acquisition complexities, and delayed release of foreign funds.
Talking about the project titled “Improvement of different roads including Airport Road and Development of important infrastructures under Chattogram City Corporation,’’ MA Mannan said the project will be implemented by December 2024.
“It’s a large project since the incumbent mayor of the city was elected,” he said.