ECNEC approves Physical Protection System project for Rooppur Nuke Plant

DHAKA The Executive Committee of the National

Economic Council (ECNEC) today approved the Physical Protection System (PPS)

Project for Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant with an estimated cost of Taka

3,449.05 crore in a bid to ensure security to this plant.

The approval came at an ECNEC meeting with ECNEC Chairperson and Prime

Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair held at the NEC Conference Room in the

city's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister MA Mannan said

that a total of 6 projects were approved today involving an overall estimated

cost of Taka 4,447.76 crore.

Of the total project cost, Taka 4,439.86 crore will come from the state

exchequer while the rest of Taka 7.90 crore will come from the organization's

own fund, he said.

Of the approved six projects, five are new while another one is a revised

project.

The minister said the Nuclear Security and Physical Protection System Cell

and Bangladesh Army, Army Headquarters, GS Section (coordination) will

implement the project by March 2023.

The main project objectives include ensuring security to the Rooppur

Nuclear Power Plant through implementing the physical protection system side

by side creating supporting environment for generating safe and protected

nuclear power.

It also aims to face the risks generating from Design Basis Threat (DBT)

or outside of DBT for the Nuclear Power Plant.

The planning minister said the concerned experts from Bangladesh Army in

cooperation with the experts from Russian Federation would implement the

project.

A bilateral protocol between Bangladesh and the Russian Federation was

signed on September 17 last year and in light of that agreement, the project

has been undertaken.

According to the Planning Commission, establishing nuclear security

infrastructures is indispensable for implementing any nuclear power plant

project and it is also separate from the construction work of nuclear power

plant.

Besides, establishing an effective national nuclear security

infrastructure is also very much important as a precondition for setting up a

nuclear power plant.

The main project operations include some 300 acres of land acquisition,

1214678 cubic meter of land development, public works for security and

physical protection system.

The planning minister said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the meeting

asked the concerned executing agencies to implement their projects speedily

maintaining quality within the stipulated timeframe.

Besides, the premier suggested relaxing or revisiting the Public

Procurement Rules (PPR) so that the big contractors can not get the

government works time and again, rather the other contractors can take part

in the bidding and engage in healthy competition, the minister quoted her as

saying.

The prime minister also asked all concerned Ministries and Divisions for

not constructing bridges in the rural areas without urgency because such

bridges deter the usual flow of water.

Besides, she also underscored the need for constructing new roads carefully

as the present government is eager to upgrade all the inter-district roads to

four-lanes and improved regional highways, the planning minister said.

The other projects approved in the meeting are � Jashore (Rajarhat)-

Monirampur-Keshobpur-Chuknagar Regional Highway Development with Taka 366.28

crore, Construction of 391.34 meter Muhuri Bridge and 50.12 meter Fazilaghat

Bridge with Taka 71.38 crore, Road Development Project from Ekotabazar to BNS

Sheikh Hasina at Cox's Bazar with Taka 361.22 crore, Construction of Parjatan

Bhaban at Agargaon, 1st revised with Taka 79.01 crore and Protecting both

sides of River Surma in Dashgram, Mahtabpur and Rajapur Pargana areas under

Sylhet Sadar and Biswanath Upazilas with Taka 120.82 crore.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)