The government has approved three projects to develop infrastructures in rural areas of Mymensingh, Rangpur and Rajshahi at an estimated cost of Tk 81.5 billion.
Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal briefed the media about the decisions taken in the meeting.
According to him, the ECNEC allocated Tk 31.84 billion for the project to develop infrastructures in 60 Upazilas of Mymensingh, Tangail, Jamalpur, Sherpur, Kishoreganj and Netrakona districts.
The committee has earmarked Tk 28.85 billion for the second phase of a project to develop rural infrastructure in Rangpur division.
The districts under this project are Rangpur, Gaibandha, Panchagarh, Thakurgaon, Dinajpur, Nilphamari, Kurhigram, and Lalmonirhat.
The project for Rajshahi division, except Sirajganj district, is getting Tk 20.85 billion to build roads in Rajshahi, Pabna, Natore, Naogaon, Chanpainawabganj, Bogra and Joypurhat districts.
Minister Kamal said the ECNEC cleared total 16 projects at an estimated cost of Tk 160 billion.
The government would give Tk 118.7 billion from its own fund to the projects, he said and added that the implementing agencies would provide Tk 3 billion while the remaining Tk 38.4 billion would come as project aid.
The other projects include development of polytechnic institutions with an estimated cost of over Tk 25.6 billion, development of Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University’s infrastructures with around Tk 5 billion, purchase of 20 metre-gauge diesel electric locomotives and 150 metre-gauge carriages for Bangladesh Railway with around Tk 18 billion, and construction of a 150 megawatt dual fuel power plant in Chittagong’s Mirsarai with over Tk 10 billion.