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POST TIME: 15 November, 2017 12:47:25 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 15 November, 2017 11:13:01 AM
Tk 1,699cr Sheikh Hasina Cantonment Project okayed
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Tk 1,699cr Sheikh Hasina Cantonment Project okayed

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) yesterday approved the ‘Establishment of Sheikh Hasina Cantonment, Barisal’ project to be set up at Lebukhali along the Payra River involving an estimated cost of Tk 1,699 crore.

 

The approval came from the ECNEC meeting held at the NEC conference room at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area with ECNEC chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

Briefing the reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said that a total of 10 projects were approved today involving an overall cost of Tk 3,333 crore. “All of the total estimated project cost will come from the State exchequer,”

The Planning Minister said that the Sheikh Hasina Canto-nment would be set up on some 965 acres of land. This project will be implemented by the Ministry of Defense by June 2021.

The Planning Minister said that of the total estimated project cost of Tk 3,333.66 crore, Tk 3,318.39 crore will come from the GoB fund while the rest of Tk 15.27 crore will come from the organization's own fund.

Of the approved 10 projects, nine are new while one is revised project.

Mentioning the background of setting up Sheikh Hasina cantonment, AHM Mustafa Kamal said that there is no cantonment at the moment in the country's southern region, especially in Barisal and Patuakhali while natural disasters often occur in this region, which is very important strategically and on national security ground.

In case of any natural disaster, the government has to take support from the Jessore cantonment which is around 200 kilometers away. After the independence, support has been provided from the Jessore cantonment to the local administration of some 21 neighboring districts in case of disasters and for other purposes which has now become almost impossible.

As per the Forces Goal 2030, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on June 25, 2014 approved a proposal for setting up the cantonment at Lebukhali at the middle point of Barisal and Patuakhali.

The proposed cantonment would be set up on some 1532 acres of land of which some 567 acres of land have already been procured under the revenue budget. So, there is a need to acquire the rest of some 965 acres of land.

The main objectives of setting up the cantonment project is to establish a modern cantonment with all necessary physical infrastructures in line with the Forces Goal 2030, strengthening national defense in the coastal areas and thus build a skilled, well-trained and professional Army which is capable of upholding the independence and sovereignty of the country, providing national security and protecting the country from external attack.

The ECNEC also approved the 'Dredging at outer bar of Mongla Port Channel' project involving an estimated cost of Tk 712.50 crore. Mongla Port Authority under the Shipping Ministry will implement the project by December 2019.

The main objectives of the project are to increase the navigability of Mongla Port Channel suitable for handling ships with 10.5 meter draft. For this, there will be dredging of some 103.95 lakh cubic meter of earth at the outer bar area of Mongla Port channel alongside conducting supervision by the hydraulic expert, evaluation of the impact of modeling.

The Mongla Port Authority officials said that at present, ships with more than 8.5 meter draft cannot go through the outer bar area of the Port channel and once the project is implemented, ships with 10.5 meter draft will be able to go through the outer bar.

Besides, the use of Mongla Port is expected to be increased manifold due to the construction of Padma Bridge and its Rail Link, establishment of railway track from Khulna to Mongla, construction of Khan Jahan Ali Airport, construction of 1320 MW coal-fired power plant at Rampal and establishment of special economic zone near the Port area.

MK