ECNEC approves 10 projects involving Tk 33.33 billion [ Business ] 15/11/2017
Sheikh Hasina Cantonment Project Gets Impetus
ECNEC approves 10 projects involving Tk 33.33 billion
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina presiding over ECNEC meeting at NEC Conference Room at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in Dhaka on Tuesday. photo : BSS

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina presiding over ECNEC meeting at NEC Conference Room at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in Dhaka on Tuesday. photo : BSS

The government has initiated a project to set up 'Sheikh Hasina Cantonment' on a 965-acre land at Lebukhali along the Payra River in Barisal involving an estimated cost of Tk 16.99 billion.

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Tuesday approved the 'Establishment of Sheikh Hasina Cantonment' project.

The approval came from the regular weekly ECNEC meeting held at the NEC conference room in Dhaka with ECNEC Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said a total of 10 projects were approved involving an overall cost of Tk 33.33 billion.

"All the estimated project cost will come from the national exchequer," the Planning Minister said.

He said the cantonment will be set up on a 965-acre land and the project will be implemented by the Ministry of Defence by June 2021.

Planning Minister A H M Mustafa Kamal, after the meeting, told media that there is no cantonment in the country's southern region, especially in Barisal and Patuakhali, although it is needed strategically and on national security grounds. It is also necessary in this region as it often witnesses natural disaster.
In case of any natural disaster, the government has to take support from the Jessore cantonment which is around 200 kilometers away.

Kamal said the proposed cantonment would be set up on some 1,532 acres of land of which some 567 acres of land have already been procured under the revenue budget. So, the government needs to acquire 965 more acres of land.

This project will be implemented by the Ministry of Defense by June 2021, he added.

As per the "Forces Goal 2030", Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on June 25, 2014 approved a proposal for setting up the cantonment at Lebukhali at the middle point of Barisal and Patuakhali.

Of the 10 approved projects, nine are new while one is revised. Dredging at outer bar of Mongla Port Channel project involving an estimated cost of Taka 712.50 crore has been approved by the ECNEC. Mongla Port Authority will implement the project by December 2019.

The other projects includes Shalikha (Magura)-Arpara-Kaliganj (Jhenidah) district highway widening and strengthening project with Taka 109 crore, Construction of Goma Bridge over Rangamati River on Barisal (Dinarerpul)-Laxmipasha-Dumki district highway with Taka 57.62 crore, Greater Khulna and Jessore district small irrigation development project with Taka 127 crore, Greater Bogra and Dinajpur district small irrigation development with Taka 89.94 crore, and Construction of Bheramara (Bangladesh)-Bahrampur (India) 2nd 400 km double circuit transmission line (Bangladesh portion) with Taka 189.31 crore.
 
 
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