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E-passport from December, outer ring road around Dhaka

  • Published at 08:18 pm September 25th, 2019

Cabinet committee approves projects

Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal yesterday said the Immigration and Passport Directorate (IPD) would be able to introduce and supply much-anticipated electronic passport (e-passport) from December this year.

He was speaking to reporters after a meeting of the cabinet committee on government purchase (CCGP) and economic affairs (CCEA) at the cabinet division.

The CCEA approved a Tk41crore project of Immigration and Passport Directorate's (IPD) emergency proposal on purchasing two million machine readable passport booklets and another two million lamination foil for producing passports.

Kamal said the government would construct alternative roads parallel to the highways across the country for slow-moving vehicles with a view to ensuring passenger safety.

He said the World Bank (WB) would provide financial and technical assistance to Bangladesh to implement the government's road safety vision.

"We want to ensure safety on roads for all. ...Children, elderly people and even for physically impaired ones," Kamal told the reporters. 

Kamal said the CCEA meeting yesterday approved a Tk10,200 crore Roads and Highway Department (RHD) project for construction of 134km 'Outer Ring Road around Dhaka' on Public Private Partnership (PPP) basis. 

Under the project, a 'cycle road' would be built around Dhaka city to ease traffic congestion on internal roads. Initially, 34km road construction work was awarded to Japan, he said. 

The CCGP also approved purchase proposals of two projects for construction of residential facilities for the cleaners of the two Dhaka city corporations. Of the two projects, 500 flats are under construction at Doyaganj while another 480 flats at Dholpur.   

The estimated cost is Tk200 crore, according to the proposals approved by the CCGP. 

The finance minister said the construction of the flats would be completed by coming December.