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Ecnec approves Tk545cr for Bagerhat airport

Update : 05 May 2015, 07:40 PM

The government has approved Tk545 crore for the construction of the proposed Khan Jahan Ali Airport in Bagerhat to make it operational in three years.

However, due to a lack of funds, very little work, apart from land acquisition and earth filling, have been done since 1996.

The airport will be strategically important especially because it is located very close to the industrial city Khulna and the Mongla seaport in Bagerhat.

Of the project cost, Tk490 crore will come from the state coffer and the remaining amount will be arranged by the public agencies concerned. The Civil Aviation Authority is in charge of implementing the project by June 2018.

This is one of the 10 projects that the the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) in a Prime Minister Hasina-led meeting yesterday.

After the meeting, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said the airport is meant for speeding up communication to expand business activities centring the Mongla seaport, the export processing zone, the local shrimping industry and the under-construction Rampal Power Plant.

“The proposed airport is just 20km from both Khulna and Mongla, and so it will boost regional tourism centring the Sundarbans, the single biggest mangrove forest in the world, the Shat Gambuj Mosque [the sixty dome mosque] and the shrine of Khan Jahan Ali,” the minister said.

Kamal also said the airport will also facilitate faster distribution of relief in case there is a natural disaster.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed the authorities to keep options open for setting up a three-star hotel in the area.

The Ecnec yesterday okayed another project titled “Construction and Improvement of Roads, Drains and Footpaths in Gulshan, Banani and Baridhara Diplomatic Areas” that will cost Tk200 crore. “This is the maiden project for new Mayor Annisul Huq,” said Kamal adding that the Dhaka South City Corporation would also get a new project soon.

Under the new project, 40km new roads, 56km footpaths, 25km drainage pipeline and 55km open drains will be constructed in the posh areas of the capital city.

The other projects approved by the Ecnec include construction of a six-lane flyover at Mohipal in Feni at a cost of Tk158 crore, 478.171 metres of PC Girder Bridge on Chotto Feni River on the Sonagazi-Olamabazar-Chardarbeshpur-Companyganj road at a cost of Tk73.30 crore, development of public libraries in six districts at Tk49.53 crore and renovation, repair and maintenance of shilpakala academies in 15 districts at a cost of Tk40.56 crore. 

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