Stress on rural infrastructure dev to boost economy

Speakers at a workshop on Monday stressed the need for developing rural infrastructure and its timely maintenance to boost productivity and rural economy.
Local Government and Engineering Department (LGED) organised the inception workshop on ‘Project Design Advance (PDA) for Rural Infrastructure Maintenance Programme (RIMP)’ at the LGED-REDEC Conference Room, LGED Bhaban in the capital’s Agargaon area.
Md Abul Kalam Azad, Additional Chief Engineer, LGED, inaugurated the workshop as the chief guest while Md Ali Akhtar Hossain, project director of RIMP, delivered address of welcome.
Randall Jones, ADB Mission Leader and Krishna Sharan Chakhun, Team Leader, PDA for RIMP, attended the programme as the special guests and presented project overview.
Abul Kalam Azad said LGED has so far constructed a lot of rural roads which has tremendously contributed to development of rural economy, but now it’s time to pay heed to the proper maintenance of the rural infrastructure.
He said Asian development Bank (ADB) is supporting the Project Design Advance (PDA) for Rural Infrastructure Maintenance Programme (RIMP) to ensure the development effectiveness.
Ali Akhtar Hossain, in his address of welcome, mentioned that the RIMP has been extracted from the derivatives of the Sixth and Seventh Five Year Plans, ADB’s Country Partnership for the Year 2011-2015 and LGED’s Rural Road and Bridge Maintenance Policy-2013, where emphasise and directives are provided to take improved geometric standards, designs and specifications to upgrade even with double lanes for the selected busier upazila roads and union roads, including maintenance of bridges and culverts on the same.
“The PDA-RIMP will put a landmark contribution in implementation of Rural Infrastructure Maintenance Programme to attract other development partners for investment and harmonization and as a consequence we will have an opportunity of uplifting the socio-economic condition of the rural poor to another higher level”, added Akhter Hossain.
The speakers said the project will develop and maintenance 6400km uazila roads, 800km union roads and 39,000 village roads in 13 districts across the country.
The districts are Faridpur, Chandpur, Madaripur, Shariatpur, Noakhali, Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Rajbari, Gopalganj, Laxmipur, B-Baria, Comilla and Feni.