The Bangladesh government will build houses for widows and children of indigent freedom fighters, martyrs and late heroic freedom fighters. , the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) has approved the project 'Construction of Housing for Indigent Freedom Fighters' at a cost of Taka 4,122.9 crore. Under the project, 30,000 'Bir Nibas' will be constructed for freedom fighters in all Upazilas and metropolises of 64 districts.
The project was approved at an ECNEC meeting chaired by ECNEC chairperson and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the NEC meeting room in the capital's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar on Tuesday. The Prime Minister participated in the meeting through a video conference from Ganobhaban.
A total of 6 projects were approved by ECNEC. This includes three new projects and three revised projects.
At the end of the meeting, Bangladesh Planning Secretary Mohammad Zainul Bari gave details about the project in a press briefing.
He said the total cost of the project has been estimated at Tk 5,619.46 crore. Of this, the Bangladesh government will spend Tk 5,519.06 crore from its own funds, loan assistance from foreign sources will be Rs 56.52 crore and the implementing agency's own funding will be Tk 42.06 crore.
If the project 'Building Housing for Indigent Hero Freedom Fighters' is implemented, the social status of the indigent freedom fighters will be enhanced and their socio-economic condition will improve.
Bangladesh Planning Commission member Mamun Al Rashid said in response to a question, "Earlier our plan was to build 14,000 'Bir Nibas'." But now we have decided to build 30,000 'Bir Nibas' as a gift from the Prime Minister on the occasion of Mujib Year and 50 years of independence.
Bangladesh The Ministry of Liberation War Affairs, Deputy Commissioner's Office (Metropolitan Concern) and Upazila Nirbahi Officer's Office will implement the project from January 2021 to June 2023.
Planning Secretary Zainul Bari said the Prime Minister has again instructed the concerned officials to complete the work of the project within the stipulated time while maintaining the quality of work.
ECNEC approved Bangladesh Ministry of Social Welfare's 'Construction of Sports Complex for People with Special Needs' project at a cost of Tk 448.54 crore. The project will be implemented from July 2019 to June 2023.
The Bangladesh Local Government Department's 'Rural Infrastructure Development in Pirojpur District' project has been approved at a cost of Tk 600 crore. The project will be implemented from January 2021 to June 2025.
Among the revised projects, the Bangladesh Local Government Department's project 'Road widening and development from Rajshahi Kalpana Cinema Hall to Talaimari Junction' has been approved as the first amendment. The original cost of the project was Tk 184.19 crore and today after revision it is Tk 126.50 crore. As a result, the cost of the project has increased by Tk 36.70 crore.
The Bangladesh Ministry of Water Resources has approved the first amendment of the project 'Protection of right bank of Padma river in Jajira and Naria upazilas of Shariatpur district'. The cost of the project has been increased by Tk 319.96 crore in the amendment. Now the total cost of the project stands at Tk 1,417.19 crore.
The second amendment of the 'Construction of New 132/33 KV and 33/1 KV Substation Under DPDC' project of the Power Department has been approved. The cost of the project has been increased by Tk 92.25 crore in the second amendment. As a result of the second amendment, the cost of the project now stands at Tk 2,469.94 crore.