Communication infrastructure gets Tk 61,455 crore allocation

DHAKA, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal proposed

Taka 61,455 crore for the communication infrastructure sector in the national

budget of 201920 fiscal which was placed in the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban today.

We are implementing Padma Bridge, tunnel under the Karnaphuli riverbed,

the Dhaka Elevated Expressway from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport to

Kutubkhali on DhakaChattogram Highway and many other mega projects to

establish an integrated and uninterrupted communication network in

Bangladesh, he said while placing the budget.

About two kilometer structure of the Padma Bridge, being constructed

entirely with our own resources, has now become visible, and the overall

physical progress of the project is 67 percent, he said, adding the 2nd

Kanchpur, 2nd Gomoti and 2nd Meghna Bridge have been opened for traffic after

completing construction ahead of the stipulated time.

The minister said South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation road

connectivity projects 1 and 2 are being implemented in order to be connected

with the global transport network to reap the benefits of globalisation.

The minister said the government is implementing the Revised Strategic

Transport Plan (201535) to develop internal road networks in the Dhaka

metropolitan area, reduce traffic congestion at the entry and exit points of

the capital and establish a planned as well as integrated modern public

transport system in Dhaka and its adjacent areas.

Under this plan, Kamal said the construction of the first Metro Rail in

Bangladesh, MRT Line6 from Uttara to Motijheel is in progress. Alongside,

the implementation of Bus Rapid Transit or BRT from Hazrat Shahjalal

International Airport to Gazipur is underway.

He said steps to build a safe, environmentfriendly and modern IT based

road transport and control systems are underway. A plan has been taken up to

install directional signsignal and kilometer posts in 8,100 spots, he added.

The minister said steps have been taken to gradually upgrade all national

highways into four lanes or above in order to modernize the road transport

system. In this respect, 509 km national highway has been upgraded into four

lanes while upgradation of another 507 km highways is going on, he added.

Kamal said the present government is attaching a top priority to the

railway sector in order to make railway an economical, safe and environment

friendly mode of transport. For the overall development of railway, the

government has undertaken a 30year master plan spanning from 2016 to 2045 at

a cost of Taka 5,53,662 crore, he added.

Kamal said development of necessary infrastructure and facilities at sea

ports are also in progress. A plan for construction of the BayTerminal at

the Chattogram port at a cost of Taka 17,000 crore has been undertaken. The

handling capacity of the Chattogram port will be enhanced in the next

financial year from 2.8 million TEUs to 3 million TEUs, he added.

Besides, construction of the third terminal at the Hazrat Shahjalal

International Airport is in progress to enhance its passenger handling

capacity to 12 million, he said, adding works for the site selection and

feasibility study on the construction of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib

International Airport is in progress.

The budget for the communication infrastructure sector was Taka 53,081

crore in the last fiscal.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)