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Bangabandhu Railway Bridge to get additional amount of Tk7,046.88cr

  • Published at 03:46 pm March 3rd, 2020
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina chairs an Ecnec meeting at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in Dhaka on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 PID

Ecnec approves 8 projects with Tk10,468.24cr

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) has approved a total of eight projects, involving Tk10,468.24 crore.

The projects include a first revised project for constructing Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Railway Bridge over the Jamuna River, with an additional cost of Tk7,046.88 crore.

The approval came from the 21st Ecnec meeting of the current fiscal year held at the NEC Conference Room in Dhaka's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area with Ecnec Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair on Tuesday, reports BSS.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister MA Mannan said that a total of eight projects were approved involving an overall estimated cost of Tk10,468.24 crore.

"Of the total project cost, Tk5,964.74 crore will come from the government of Bangladesh portion, Tk78.63 crore from the concerned organization's own fund while the rest of Tk4,424.87 crore from project assistance," he added.

Mannan said of the approved eight projects, six are new while two others are revised projects.

The planning minister said Bangladesh Railway, under the Ministry of Railways, will implement the Bangabandhu Railway Bridge project by December 2025.

With the latest revision, the total cost for the project reached Tk16,780.95 crore where the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) will provide Tk12,149.19 crore.

Mannan said this railway bridge project is a "star" project of the government, and this dual gauge double track railway bridge would be constructed around 300 metres upstream of the existing Bangabandhu Bridge.

The Planning Commission officials said that at present the potentials of rail freight transport with the neighbouring countries could not be exploited properly with the existing Bangabandhu Bridge, due to limited access load and speed limitations.

Under the circumstances, this dedicated railway bridge is being constructed over the Jamuna River to meet the growing demand of national and sub-regional rail traffic.

The main project operations include construction of a 4.8-kilometre long dual gauge double track bridge, construction of a 7.6-kilometre long double line railway approach embankment, erection of 30.73-kilometre dual gauge railway track, construction of 16 railway approach viaducts, minor bridges and culverts, renovation and remodelling of Bangabandhu Bridge East and Bangabandhu Bridge West stations and yards.

The project operations also include construction of railway museum and ancillary infrastructures, conducting dredging at the approach channel, and harbour of Jamuna as well as strengthening river training on the both sides of the bridge.

Mannan said the project cost of the railway bridge has been increased following a study conducted by Jica to further strengthen this dedicated bridge.

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