Ecnec clears projects to expand rural electrification network

DHAKA : The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on Tuesday approved two projects seeking the expansion of rural electrification network to give power connections to four lakh new clients in 11 districts under Barisal and Khulna divisions with a combined outlay of Tk 1,834 crore, reports UNB.
Held with Ecnec Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair, the approval came from the Ecnec meeting held at the NEC conference room.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said a total of nine projects were approved at the meeting involving Tk 7,900.10 crore. Of the total project cost, the Planning Minister said, Tk 5,436.52 crore will come from the national exchequer, while Tk 185.39 crore from the organisation’s own fund and Tk 2278.19 crore as project assistance.
About the implementation progress of the Annual Development Programme (ADP) for the July-November period of the current fiscal year, he said there has been 20 percent progress which was also 20 percent during the corresponding period of the previous fiscal. He, however, said the ADP expenditure during the July-November period of the current fiscal totalled Tk 15,904 crore compared to Tk 13,156 crore during the July-November period of the previous fiscal year.
Mustafa Kamal said the Rural Electrification Expansion Barisal Divisional Programme-2 will be implemented at a cost of Tk 838.90 crore while the Rural Electrification Expansion Khulna Divisional Programme-2 at Tk 995.50 crore. Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board under the Power Division will implement both the projects by June, 2018.
Under these two projects, he said, some 10,700 km new electricity lines would be set up alongside rehabilitation of some 1,300 km old ones in the two divisions’ 11 districts-Jhalkati, Patuakhali, Pirojpur, Bagerhat, Jessore, Jhenidah, Khulna, Kushtia, Magura, Meherpur and Satkhira. Besides, 25 new power substations will be set up under these two projects.
The Ecnec meeting gave nod to anther project, titled ‘Improvement of safety and security measures at the airports in Bangladesh’ at a cost of Tk 293.28 crore to be implemented by Civil Aviation Authority by June 2017.
Considering the growing number of air traffic in the country’s airports, there is a need for improving the aircraft operations and air traffic control management system.
Under the project, primary surveillance radar and secondary surveillance radar will be procured for the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka and Hazrat Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong.
Besides, the 25-year-old Conventional Very High Frequency Omni Directional Radio Range (CVOR) will be replaced with modern Doppler VOR.
The project also aims to establish a comprehensive security system at the country’s main Shahjalal International Airport to check all kinds of smuggling, including gold smuggling, under which pedestrian access control system, vehicle parking control system, baggage x-Ray scanning machines, CCTVs, archway metal detectors, handheld metal detectors and explosives detectors will be ensured to strengthen the security measures.