The government last year initiated 113 development projects of Tk 919.6 billion to help achieve the vision 2021 when people will be celebrating country's golden jubilee of independence, with Bangladesh turning into a middle-income country.
"The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) last year approved a total of 113 development projects involving Tk9109.6 billion," said Planning Minister A H M Mustafa Kamal.
Most of the projects are related to infrastructure development, which is vital to accelerate the growth for achieving middle-income status, the minister said.
According to the minister, some big projects had been taken for developing physical infrastructure including road, rail and waterways and increasing access to power and information communication technology (ICT).
Naming the big projects, he said the government over the next five years would complete construction of Padma Bridge and Dhaka Elevated Expressway, set up 856 kilometres of new rail tracks and start producing electricity from Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant.
The railway sector will see significant improvement in the next few years when some major development projects would be completed. Among those a new dual gauge rail line on Dhaka-Narayanganj section would be set up, which could facilitate movement of 76 trains daily to carry around 93,000 passengers.
A rail track would also be built from Khulna to Mongla when Kulaura-Shahbajpur rail track in Moulavibazar would be rehabilitated for having link with regional and Trans-Asian railway network in future. 250 new passenger coaches and 10 locomotives will be added to the fleet of Bangladesh Railway (BR) to offer safe, smooth and comfortable journey to the commuters.
The planning minister said the government would procure 200 meter gauge rail coaches and 50 broad gauge rail coaches under a Tk13.74 billion project namely "Procurement of Meter Gauge and Broad Gauge Passenger Carriages for BR". BR would also collect 10 meter gauge diesel electric locomotives, two meter gauge and two broad gauge accident relief cranes and one locomotive simulator for Tk7.34 billion.
For meeting the power and gas requirement, the government had taken a number of projects, including "Dhanua-Elenga and West Bank of Bangabandhu Bridge-Nalka Gas Transmission Pipeline projects. Under the Tk9.79 billion project, around 66-kilometer long pipeline would be set up in eight upazilas of Sirajganj, Tangail, Mymensingh and Gazipur districts to ensure uninterrupted gas supply to the existing and under construction power plants, fertilizer factories.
The government launched power sector development project for Rajshahi Zone involving Tk 9.15 billion to provide electricity connections to nearly 200,000 new subscribers.
The ECNEC approved the expansion of Bangladesh-India (Bheramara-Baharampur) existing power grid connection to import additional 500 MW power when the "Tripura (India)-Comilla south substation (Bangladesh) grid interconnection project" would be implemented to import 100 MW of power from Palatana power station of Tripura.
The government took some projects to make the country's water transport more efficient and safer while initiated a number of projects to develop existing roads and construct new ones for safer road connectivity across the country.
The government also took a project to construct an airport at Rampal in Bagerhat district to accelerate the economic activities in country's South-Western region, according to BSS. - Idrak