The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council at a meeting on Tuesday approved a proposal for establishment of a cantonment to be named after prime minister Sheikh Hasina.
The ministry of defence which submitted the proposal would build the cantonment at Lebukhali, close to the river Payra in Barisal and Patuakhali, at a cost of Tk 1,699 crore by 2021.
Planning minister AHM Mustafa Kamal while briefing reporters said the cantonment would serve the need of southern region, now depended on Jessore cantonment which is 200 kilometres away, during emergency disasters and implementation of the Forces Goal-2030.
The government has taken a project to build a 3,600 megawatt power plant in addition to construction of a proposed airport in the surrounding area, he said.
Besides, the ECNEC meeting, presided over by Sheikh Hasina at the planning commission, approved nine other projects including dredging at outer anchorage of the Mongla Port, establishment of a cross border electricity transmission line and expansion of the national institute of arts, music and dance, with an overall cost of Tk 3,333.6 crore.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina, who is also head of the defence ministry, had approved the proposed cantonment on June 25, 2014.
According to the proposal, establishment of the cantonment would require 1,532 acres of land for eight office buildings, 12 residential buildings and 9 other buildings.
The ministry of shipping would dredge outer anchorage of the Mongla Port to maintain draft of 10.5 metre at a cost of 732 crore by 2019.
The much-needed dredging would remove silts which hamper navigability.
The project is expected to be completed by December 2019.
The state–owned Power Grid Company would implement the establishment of an electricity transmission line between Bharamara in Bangladesh and Bahrampur in India at a cost of Tk 189 crore.
Projected to be completed in 2020, the 28-km line would enable the country to import electricity in addition to 500 mw imported from India now.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy will implement the project aimed at expansion of the national institute of arts, music and dance in the capital at a cost of Tk 137 crore by June 2020.
The ECNEC also approved expansion of a highway in Magura-Jhenaidah, construction of Goma Bridge in Barisal across the river Rangamati, two irrigation projects in greater Khulna and Dinajpur and establishment of an institute on pharmaceutical science.
Besides, the ECNEC revised the Jhenaidah Textile College project which was taken in 2011 at a cost of Tk 76 crore. The project was expected to be completed in 2014. The new deadline for completion of the project is 2018 and revised cost of the project is Tk 119 crore.
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