The government has taken an initiative to improve rural transport system in 26 districts of the country to ensure sustainable transportation and enhance market services.
A proposal for the “Rural Transport Improvement Project-2 (RTIP-2)” is likely to be placed for consideration at a meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) to be held on Thursday.
Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) under the Local Government Division will implement the proposed project at an estimated cost of Tk 3,343 crore, said an official at the planning ministry to the news agency. The project is scheduled to be completed by June 2017.
Of the total amount, Tk 2,417 crore will come as project assistance from the World Bank while the rest Tk 926 crore from the government exchequer.
When contacted, an official at the World’s Bank’s local office told the news agency that the bank has already approved their US$302 million assistance for the project on September 20.
The planning ministry official said under the project, there will be 750km road development at upazila level, 503km road development in union level, maintenance and rehabilitation of 3,635km roads at both upazila and union levels apart from performance based maintenance contract of 450km roads.
Besides, some 50 growth centres, including women market sections, will be constructed along with acquisition of 200 hectares of land.
The 26 districts are Dhaka, Gazipur, Munshiganj, Narayanganj, Narsingdi, Manikganj, Mymensingh, Jamalpur, Netrakona, Kishoreganj, Sherpur, Tangail, Comilla, Brahmanbaria, Chandpur, Sylhet, Habiganj, Sunamganj, Moulvibazar, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Pabna and Sirajganj.
The planning commission at the Pre-evaluation Committee (PEC) meeting on the RTIP-2 on March 25 opined that once the project is implemented, it will help increase productivity of both agriculture and non-agriculture sector through improvement of rural communications and transportation system alongside alleviating poverty.