The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) has approved a Tk 1,436-crore project to upgrade the Tangail-Delduar-Louhati-Saturia-Kawalipara-Kalampur bus stand road regional highway.
The approval came at the 5th ECNEC meeting of the current fiscal year (FY22) with council Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
The objective of the project is to upgrade the high way and widen its width to ensure safe and uninterrupted road communication system.
According to a BSS report, the prime minister joined the meeting virtually from her official Ganabhaban residence while ministers, state ministers, planning commission members and secretaries concerned attended it from the NEC Conference Room in city's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister MA Mannan said a total of nine projects were approved involving an overall estimated cost of Tk 6,551.27 crore.
"Of the total project cost, Tk 3,742.29 crore will come from the government of Bangladesh portion, Tk 26.22 crore from the concerned organization's own fund while the rest of Tk 2,782.76 crore 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 upgradation 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, 13.26 lakh cubic meter road embankment widening, and construction of drains.