A Tk 3089,97 crore of Meghna river bank protection project has been approved by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on June 1 in an attempt to protect the erosion prone areas and establishments at Ramgati and Kamalnagar upazilas in Laxmipur district.
The approval was given at a meeting the ECNEC held on June 1 with its Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. The Prime Minister joined the meeting virtually from her official Ganabhaban residence while ministers, state ministers, planning commission members and secretaries concerned attended the meeting from the NEC Conference Room in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area.
Planning Minister MA Mannan stated that a total of 9 projects were given the green light on June 1 with an overall estimated cost of Tk 5,239.62 crore.
He also stated that the Bangladesh Water Development board, which is under the Minister of Water Resources, will put into practice the Riverbank protection of Meghna at Borokheri and Ludhuabazar under the Ramgoti and Kamalnagar upazillas and Kaderpanditer Hut under Laxmipur district with Tk 3,089.97 crore by June 2025 with entire government fund.
The main project operations include 31.326 kilometer riverbank protection work, construction of 18 regulators, 2 drainage outlets and some 12,116 afforestations.
Once the project is implemented, it would be possible to protect the farm lands, markets, hut-bazars, schools, colleges, madrasas, Roads and various public and private establishments and infrastructures worth Taka 13,99,220 crore from river erosion under Ramgati and Kamalnagar upazilas and thus protect crops of some 30,000 hectares of land from tidal surge.