The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) today approved a total of 14 projects involving Taka 18,482.92 crore.
The approval was made at the 15th ECNEC meeting of the fiscal year held at the NEC conference room in the city's Sher-E-Bangla Nagar area with ECNEC Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair, reports BSS.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said a total of 14 projects involving Taka 18,482.92 crore were approved in the meeting.
"Of the total project cost, Taka 16,370.81 crore will come from the GoB portion, Taka 95 crore from the organisation's own fund while the rest of Taka 2,017.11 crore from project assistance," he added.
Of the projects, nine are new while five are revised projects.
The planning minister said Education Engineering Department (EED) under the Secondary and Higher Education Division will implement a project titled 'Development of Selected Private Secondary Schools' by June 2020 with Taka 10,649.05 crore.
He said the project will ensure development of infrastructures of 3,000 dilapidated private secondary schools.
According to a report carried out by BANBEIS in 2014, the number of students at the secondary level is 91,60,365. These students are studying at 327 government secondary schools alongside 19,357 private secondary schools.
Under the project, there will be construction of academic as well as other necessary buildings in these 3,000 selected schools across the country alongside ensuring supply of necessary furniture to the educational institutions.
ECNEC meeting approved the Construction of flood shelters at flood prone and river-erosion prone areas (3rd phase) with Taka 1,507.43 crore. Under the project, around 423 flood shelters would be built in some 247 upazilas in Rangpur, Rajshahi, Dhaka, Mymensingh, Chittagong, Sylhet and Khulna Divisions.
The meeting also gave nod to the 'Greater Chittagong rural infrastructure development project-3' involving an estimated cost of Taka 1,290 crore.
The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) under the Local Government Division (LGD) will implement the project by June 2022 at 23 upazilas under Chittagong and Cox's Bazar districts.
Under the project, there will be rural road development in the two districts to infuse dynamism into the farm and non-farm activities and economies.
Besides, road communications would be improved among villages, hat- bazaars, health centers and educational institutions in a bid to improve their living standards and thus create short and long-term employments.
The other projects, approved in the meeting, are construction of district relief godown cum disaster management information center with Taka 127.41 crore, the Mohananda River dredging and construction of rubber dam with Taka 159.97 crore, construction of factory for ensuring multipurpose use of milk alongside improvement of livestock variety at the greater Faridpur char and other adjoining areas project with Taka 344.19 crore.
The approved projects also include priority rural water supply project with Taka 874.17 crore, construction of third Shitalakhya Bridge under Bandar Upazila in Narayanganj (first revised) with Taka 599.28 crore, widening of Chapapur-Borura, Nimsar-Borura and Khajuria-Borura district Highways in due standard with Taka 157.87 crore, construction of seven RAB complexes (second revised) with Taka 599.08 crore.
Construction of multi-storey building for Cox's Bazar Development Authority with Taka 112.37 crore, Active Pharmaceuticals Ingredient (API) Industrial Park (third revised) with Taka 381 crore, Emergency 2007 Cyclone Recovery and Restoration Project (ECRRP): LGED Portion (third revised) with Taka 1,618.10 crore and Emergency 2007 Cyclone Recovery and Restoration Project (ECRRP): Project Coordination and Monitoring Unit (PCMU) Part (third revised) with Taka 63 crore.
Ministers and State Ministers attended the meeting while Planning Commission members and Secretaries concerned were present.