LGED to implement TK 2,080-cr development project in Rajshahi

Published : 20 Jan 2018, 13:43

Sahos Desk

Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) will implement a mega project at an estimated cost of Tk 2,080.40 crore for overall rural infrastructure development in the region.

Additional Chief Engineer Ali Ahmed of LGED here today said the 'Rajshahi Division Rural Infrastructure Development Project (Excluding Sirajganj District)' will be implemented at an estimated cost of Tk 2,080.40 crore by June, 2022 and the entire fund will come from the government exchequer. 

The project will cover 58 upazilas in Pabna, Rajshahi, Natore, Naogaon, Chapainawabganj, Bogra and Joypurhat districts.

Ahmed said rural people's accessibility to village market, health centre, educational and other service-delivery institutions will be enhanced after being implemented the project. 

He said 172.9 kilometers of upazila roads with 140-meter bridges, 367.76 kilometers of Union roads with 636-meter bridges and 1,156 kilometers of village roads, including 762-meter bridges, will be constructed under the project.

"LGED will also construct 46 growth centres, 250-meter school connecting roads, 396.83-meter culverts and 33.28-kilometer RCC roads," Ahmed said, adding that 327.59-kilometer roads will be widened and 171.07-kilometer village roads and 240.45-kilometer upazila roads will be repaired. 

Moreover, infrastructure development of different rural markets will be ensured, he also said. The improved infrastructures will reduce transport cost, develop marketing system, increase production and marketing facilities of agricultural products, which will contribute a lot to socioeconomic development in the region, he added. 

Ahmed continued that a tree plantation programme will be carried out along the roads which will ultimately help reduce carbon emission at a substantial level and that is very important to cope with the adverse impacts of climate change in the vast Barind tract. 

The scheme of rural infrastructure development and creation of short- and long-term employment opportunities in the farm and non-farm sectors will reduce poverty by involving rural people in various economic and social activities.

Source: bss

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