The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on Tuesday approved five power sector projects, including a mega one, to provide power connections to some 15 lakh clients through the expansion of rural electrification with an estimated cost of Tk 6,915.41 crore.
The approval was given at the 23rd Ecnec meeting of the current fiscal year held at the NEC conference room in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area with Ecnec Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair, reports UNB.
Briefing the reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said a total of 16 projects were approved involving Tk 16,887.81 crore. “Of the total project cost, Tk 14,041.27 crore will come from the national exchequer, Tk 596.27 crore from the organisation’s own fund while Tk 2,250.27 crore as project assistance.”
Of the approved 16 projects, 14 are new while two are revised projects.
The Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB) under the Power Division will implement the expansion of rural electrification project in 77 Palli Bidyut Samities across the country by December 2018. The entire project fund would come from the state coffer.
According to an in-house feasibility study conducted by the BREB, there is a need for some 442,000 km electric lines to bring the country’s cent percent areas under the power coverage.
But, due to the geographical landscape of the country like islands, forests, hills, water bodies and remote areas, it would not be possible to bring some 12 percent areas under the power coverage whereby BREB considers those 12 percent areas as off-grid.
Considering that aspect, there is a need for some 390,000 kilometre electric lines whereas some 295,000 km electric lines have so far been installed, informed the Planning Minister.
He also hoped that within the next two years, setting up of the rest of the power transmission and distribution lines would be completed.
Under the project, there will be construction of some 44,000 km 33 KV or lower voltage line, construction of some 83 new power substations with 33/11 KV capacity, augmentation of some existing 35 power substations, providing 15 lakh power connections and 35.70 acre land acquisition.
The Ecnec meeting approved another project titled ‘Providing stipend for primary education-3rd phase’ with Tk 3067.39 crore under which stipend would be provided to some 1.30 crore pre-primary and students up to Class-VIII of the primary schools of 486 upazilas except the primary schools of city corporation and pourasava areas.
The Department of Primary Education under the Primary and Mass Education Ministry will implement the project by June 2017 with the government fund alone.
The meeting also gave nod to another project titled ‘Various infrastructural development of Dhaka South City Corporation’ with an estimated cost of Tk 1292.61 crore. DSCC under the Local Government Division will implement the project by June 2018 with Tk 904.83 crore GoB fund while Tk 387.78 crore from the DSCC.
Under the project, there will be development of some 12 playgrounds, some 142.85km road development and rehabilitation, some 152.71km drain development and construction, some 36.92km footpath development and construction, some 20km cycle lane construction, installation of some 34,711 LED street lights, development of three graveyards, construction of two modern slaughterhouses, construction of one children’s park, construction of some 11 residential buildings for the conservancy workers.
The other projects approved in the meeting are Ghorashal 4th Unit Re-powering project with Tk 2029.24 crore, land acquisition, protection and feasibility study for Bangladesh-Singapore 700 MW ultra super critical coal-based power plant with Tk 746.26 crore, transforming the production system of Chhatak Cement Company Ltd to Dry process from Wet process with Tk 666.82 crore, land acquisition, rehabilitation, EIA and feasibility study for setting up 2600 MW ultra super critical coal-based power plant at Pekua in Cox’s Bazar under the UGCB Ltd with Tk 515.85 crore, construction of connecting road for Khulna coal-based power plant (1st revised) with Tk 185.80 crore, installation of modern and digital broadcast equipment at National Betar Bhaban with Tk 45.29 crore, Bangladesh rural water supply and sanitation project (1st revised) with Tk 384.12 crore, renovation of civic architecture of Jamalpur town alongside development of cultural centre with Tk 126.59 crore, construction of residential flats for senior secretaries, secretaries and grade-1 officials in city’s Eskaton area with Tk 273.96 crore, supply and installation of emergency equipment for strengthening the security measures of all the international airports in Bangladesh with Tk 89.56 crore, construction of nine police super office buildings (including CID and PBI offices) with Tk 74.74 crore, Sylhet division rural access road development project with Tk 287.04 crore, construction of preliminary infrastructures for Hi-tech Park, Sylhet (Sylhet Electronics City) with Tk 187.13 crore.
Ministers and State Ministers attended the meeting while Planning Commission memb