ROHINGYA RELOCATION

Bhasanchar project cost, duration go up

Staff Correspondent | Published: 02:52, Dec 18,2019

 
 

The government on Tuesday increased construction cost of the Bhasanchar project by Tk 782.80 crore as the embankment to protect the tiny island on the Bay and its proposed inmates Rohingyas from tide would be extended more than double.

The height of the embankment will now be 19 feet from 9 feet that led increasing of the project cost to Tk 3,094.95 crore from original Tk 2,312.15 crore.

Bangladesh Navy has been implementing the project since December, 2017.

The government took the project to transfer 1,00,000 Rohingyas to the island for temporary shelter to cope with the pressure of about 11,16,000 Rohingyas, including over 7,00,000 entered Cox’s Bazar since August 2017. No date to transfer the Rohingyas is yet to be fixed.

Besides the upward cost escalation, the executive committee of the National Economic Council at a meeting on the day also increased the deadline of the project up to November 2021 from the original deadline expiring this month as proposed by the implementing agency. 

Planning minister MA Mannan briefed the reporters after the meeting that was chaired by prime minister Sheikh Hasina at the planning commission.

According to the proposal, a total of 43 new components cluster villages, shelter stations, drainage facility, building for the UN representatives, culverts and lakes were added to the project.

MA Mannan said the ECNEC approved eight more proposals with an overall involvement of Tk 3,226.75 crore.

The proposals include constriction of a factory in Narayanganj for production of kernel and nutritious rice at a cost of Tk 66 crore by 2021, expansion of Armed Forces Institute of Pathology at Tk 240 crore by 2022, construction of bridge over the river Bhairab at a cost of Tk 617 by 2022, upgrading of two regional highways in Sirajganj at Tk 988 crore by 2022 and modernisation of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban and the MP Hostel at Tk 233 crorer by 2021.

MA Mannan said the prime minister directed installation of pre-paid gas metres under the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban and the MP Hostel project and ensured cleanliness of the national assembly building.

She also directed installation of pre-paid gas metres elsewhere, said the planning minister.

The prime minister also directed conducting feasibility study while constructing bridges over the rivers.

She emphasised on learning foreign languages including Arabic, Persian, French and Japanese for increasing capacity in information technology while revising a proposal to increase the ‘Sheikh Kamal IT Training and Incubation Centre’ project cost to Tk 533 crore from original  Tk 265 crore and extend its tenure up to 2021.

The ECNEC in its today’s meeting also revised two other projects.

They are rehabilitation of level crossings in both western and eastern networks of the Bangladesh Railway.

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