The cabinet committee on national purchases in a meeting on Wednesday approved a proposal to procure Rose Garden, the mansion in which the ruling party Awami League was founded in 1949, at a cost of Tk 331.70 crore to preserve it.
Presided over by finance minister AMA Muhith at the secretariat, the committee approved the proposal from the establishment and housing ministry, placed as an unscheduled one.
At a briefing, additional secretary of the Cabinet Division Mustafizur Rahman said that the committee gave the green signal to buy the historic building at direct purchase method.
Located at KM DAS Lane in the old part of the capital, Rose Garden was the place where a new party named East Pakistan Awami Muslim League was founded on June 23, 1949. The term ‘Muslim’ was deleted from the name of the party in 1955 as a mark of its secular posture.
Mustafizur said that the purchase committee also awarded the construction of the Ghorashal-Palash urea fertiliser factory jointly to a Japanese company and a Chinese company at a cost of $1,025 million.
Besides, the purchase proposal of 2.17 lakh concrete poles at a cost of Tk 463 was approved.
The purchase committee also approved five proposals to procure 1.45 lakh tonnes of chemical fertiliser from state-owned KAFCO, Saudi Arabia and Belarus for 2018-19 fiscal at a cost of Tk 344.22 crore.
Cost escalation of the fly-over at Bhulta on the Dhaka-Sylhet Highway by 58.51 crore to Tk 298.56 crore from previous Tk 240.66 crore was approved by the committee following a proposal from the Road Transport And Highways Division.
The government will procure 50,000 tonnes of wheat to be supplied by a Singapore-based company at a cost of Tk 113.77 crore.
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