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Tk61,455cr allocation for communication infrastructure

  • Published at 10:37 pm June 13th, 2019
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File photo of Padma Bridge which is under construction since December 7, 2014 Dhaka Tribune

The budget for the communication infrastructure sector was Tk53,081 crore in 2018-19 fiscal year

Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal has proposed Tk61,455 crore for the communication infrastructure sector in the national budget of the 2019-20 fiscal year.

“The implementing of the Padma Bridge is underway, along with the tunnel under the Karnaphuli riverbed, the Dhaka Elevated Expressway from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport to Kutubkhali on Dhaka-Chittagong Highway and many other mega projects.

"These projects have been undertaken and being implemented in order to establish an integrated and uninterrupted communication network in Bangladesh,” he said while placing the budget at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban on Thursday.

“About two kilometre structure of the Padma Bridge, being constructed entirely with our own resources, is now visible, and the overall physical progress of the project is 67% ,” he added. 

The minister said: "The second Kanchpur, second Gomoti, and second Meghna Bridge have been opened for traffic after completing construction ahead of the stipulated time.

"South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation road connectivity projects one and two are being implemented in order to be connected with the global transport network to reap the benefits of globalization."

The minister added that the government is implementing the Revised Strategic Transport Plan (2015-2035) to develop internal road networks in the Dhaka metropolitan area, reduce traffic congestion at the entry and exit points of the capital and establish a planned as well as integrated modern public transport system and its adjacent areas.

Under this plan, the finance minister said the construction of the first Metro Rail in Bangladesh, MRT Line 6 from Uttara to Motijheel is in progress. 

Alongside, the implementation of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport to Gazipur is also underway, the minister stated.

He said steps to build a safe, environment-friendly and modern information technology (IT) based road transport and control systems are underway. 

A plan has been taken up to install directional sign-signal and kilometre posts in 8,100 spots.

The minister said steps have been taken to gradually upgrade all national highways into four lanes or above in order to modernize the country's road transport system.

"In this respect, 509km national highway has been upgraded into four lanes while upgradation of another 507km highway is going on," he added. 

Kamal said: "The present government is giving top priority to the railway sector in order to make railway an economical, safe, and environment-friendly mode of transport. 

"For the overall development of railway, the government has undertaken a 30-year master plan spanning from 2016 to 2045 at a cost of Tk553,662 crore."

"Development of necessary infrastructure and facilities at sea ports are also in progress. A plan for construction of the Bay-Terminal at the Chittagong port at a cost of Tk17,000 crore has been undertaken. 

"The handling capacity of the Chittagong port will be enhanced in the next financial year from 2.8 million TEUs to 3 million TEUs,” the minister added.

Besides, the construction of the third terminal at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport is in progress to enhance its passenger handling capacity to 12 million, he said, adding works for the site selection and feasibility study on the construction of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib International Airport is in progress.

The budget for the communication infrastructure sector was Tk53,081 crore in the last fiscal.