Construction of 556 cyclone shelters in coastal areas
Dhaka, 30 December 2014, Nirapad news : 556 multipurpose disaster shelters are to be constructed in coastal areas by the government to help people save their lives and property from natural disasters. Under the project, 556 cyclone shelters would be constructed in 74 upazilas of nine coastal districts. The districts to be covered under the project are Barisal, Bhola, Patuakhali, Pirojpur, Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Feni, Laxmipur and Noakhali.
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) today approved the project in a meeting held at the NEC conference room in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar With ECNEC chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, after the meeting, told reporters that the ECNEC approved a total of 11 development projects including the cyclone centres with an outlay of Taka 7,017.52 crore. “Of the total project cost, the government will provide TK 2,176.90 crore from the national exchequer while Tk 4,816.73 crore will come as project assistance and the organisation concerned will contribute Tk 23.89 crore from own fund,”he added.
The Planning Minister said Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) under the Ministry of LGRD will implement the project titled ‘Multipurpose Disaster Shelters’ (MDSP) by December 2021. Of the total cost of Tk 2,935 crore for the Disaster Shelter project, Tk 10 crore will come from the national exchequer while the remaining Tk 2,925 crore will come from the World Bank as project assistance.
Apart from the construction of the new cyclone shelters, there will be development of the existing 450 cyclone shelters, construction or reconstruction of some 550 km cyclone shelters connecting roads alongside the construction or reconstruction of some 500 metre bridges and culverts on the connecting roads to the cyclone shelters.
The day’s ECNEC meeting gave nod to the ‘Natural Gas Efficiency Project (Installation of Gas Compressor at Titas, location-C and Narsingdi Gas Fields)’ with Tk 868 crore. Bangladesh Gas Fields Company Limited will implement the project by June 2020 under which six wellhead compressors would be set up at Titas and Narsingdi Gas Fields to increase the production and supply of gas from these two gas fields as well as increase gas pressure.
JICA will provide Tk 729 crore as project assistance while the rest Tk 139 crore will be borne by the state exchequer.
ECNEC meeting approved another project titled Natural Gas Energy Efficiency Project (Installation of Prepaid Gas Meter for KGDCL) project with Tk 246.56 crore as part of the government’s bid to install prepaid gas meters across the country to check misuse and system loss of gas. Kamal said under the project, some 60,000 prepaid household gas meters would be installed in different parts of Chittagong city in two phases while prepaid gas meters would be installed gradually throughout the country. The ECNEC approved another project to modernize Fire Service and Civil Defense with Tk 198.77 crore to be entirely borne by the state exchequer.
The other approved projects in the meeting are construction of passenger ships (two ships) for operating efficient passenger services on Chittagong-Sandwip-Hatia-Barisal route project with Tk 51.87 crore, strengthening of 1st class weather surveillance at 13 River ports in Bangladesh with Tk 45.05 crore, Economic Empowerment of the Poorest in Bangladesh (EEP), 2nd revised, with Tk 1,012.65 crore, establishment of Breed Bank (3rd phase), with Tk 55.42 crore, fisheries development in Rangpur Division project with Tk 50.52 crore, construction of technical training center and hostel at Sonaimuri, Kaliganj, Araihazar and Mathbaria upazilas with Tk 47.75 crore, and mosque-based children and mass education programme (6th phase) with Tk 1,505.93 crore.
Ministers and State Ministers attended the meeting while Planning Commission members and concerned secretaries were present.