Govt to upgrade runways at 3 domestic airports

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:59, Oct 20,2020


The government will upgrade runways of domestic airports in Jashore, Syedpur and Rajshahi under a Tk 567 crore project.

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council in a meeting on Tuesday approved the project titled ‘Asphalt Concrete Overlaying on the Runway Surface of Jashore Airport, Syedpur Airport and Shah Makhdum Airport, Rajshahi’.

Major components of the project included overlaying of asphalt concrete on the airport runways, upgradation of airfield ground lighting system, improvement of drainage facilities and purchase of fire extinguishing vehicles.

The civil aviation and tourism ministry will implement the project from January 2021 to June 2023.

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina while chairing the ECNEC meeting from her official residence Ganabhaban virtually directed authorities that the lighting system should be installed in the airports so that aircraft could be operated during the night.

She noted that upgradation of the airports was imperative for their growing uses amid the rising economic activities due to the establishment of economic zones.

Planning secretary Ashadul Islam briefed reporters at the planning division in the absence of planning minister MA Mannan, who is in a hospital with COVID-19 infection.

The ECNEC approved three more project proposals, including acquisition of 62 acres of land at Kadamrasul in Narayanganj for facilitating solid waste management under the Narayanganj City Corporation at a cost of Tk 301.35 crore by 2022.

It also approved upward revision of cost of the infrastructure improvement project in Madaripur, Shariatpur and Rajbari by Tk 549.03 crore and extension of the deadline of the project by one year.

The project cost stands at Tk 2,109.17 crore, up from Tk 1,560.15 crore and the new deadline is June 2023.

The ECNEC also approved the surface water-based irrigation project in Dinajpur and Joypurhat at a cost of Tk 251 crore.

 The Barind Multipurpose Development Authority under the agriculture ministry will implement the project until 2025 to excavate 200 kilometres of canals and 60 ponds.

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