Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said the new division in Comilla will be named as ‘Maynamati Division’.
From now on, there will be no division based on the name of the district concerned rather new division would come up with a different name, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal quoted the Prime Minister as saying at the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) meeting.
The Planning Minister briefed reporters after the meeting held at the NEC conference room in the city.
During her visit to Comilla, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced to form a new division in Comilla.
Mustafa Kamal also hoped the people of Comilla will accept this new name gladly.
He said the meeting approved the ‘Bangladesh regional weather and climate services’ project at an estimated cost of Tk 979.98 crore, aiming to enhance the capacity of government agencies concerned to provide reliable weather and climate information.
Eleven projects were approved today involving an estimated cost of Tk 3,684.50 crore, said Kamal.
“Of the total project cost, Tk 2,641.99 crore will come from the national exchequer, while Tk 88.43 crore from the organisation’s own fund and the rest of Tk 954.08 crore from project assistance,” he added.
Out of the approved 11 projects, seven are new while the four revised ones.
The Planning Minister said out of the total cost of Tk 979.98 crore for the Bangladesh Regional Weather and Climate Services project, the government will provide Tk 92.30 crore while the rest of Tk 887.68 crore will come as project assistance from the World Bank.
Bangladesh Meteorological Department, Bangladesh Water Development Board and Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) will jointly implement the project by June 2021.
He said the project will be implemented in three components. Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) will implement the component A titled ‘Strengthening information services and advance forecasting system’.
The component B titled ‘Strengthening water science related information services and advance forecasting system’ will be implemented by the Bangladesh Water Development Board, while the 3rd and C component titled ‘Improving agriculture weather related information’ will be implemented by the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE).
The Ecnec meeting also gave nod to the ‘Supply and establishment of LED road lamps, CCTV, camera and CCTV control centers under Dhaka North City Corporation areas’ with an estimated cost of Tk 442.14 crore.
Under the project, modern, sustainable, power-saving, environment-friendly LED road lamps would be installed instead of the various types of road lamps under the Dhaka North City Corporation areas in a bid to become economically viable and ensure lesser carbon emission and thus save the environment from pollution.
The main project operations include installation of some 39,666 light control units, erecting some 9789 GI poles for lighting, setting up some 4,000 kilometers overhead cables, some 2322 cubic meter CC & RCC foundation, installing some 5,000 CCTV cameras, erecting some 1516 CCTV camera poles, setting up one unit CCTV control center.
The other projects approved at the meeting are Alikadam-Jalanipara-Korukpata-Poamuhuri road construction’ project with Tk 374.01 crore, Improvement of environmental sanitation system at Gopalganj and Bagerhat Pourashavas with Tk 165.19 crore, Road widening from Court to Rajshahi Bypass, 1st revised, with Tk 106.58 crore, Greater Noakhali (Noakhali, Feni and Lakshmipur districts) rural infrastructure development-2, 1st revised, with Tk 592.69 crore, Further development of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology with Tk 340.13 crore.
Besides, income generating training for women at upazila level with Tk 250.56 crore, Development of Bangladesh Textile University, 1st revised, with Tk 183.65 crore, Establishment of Dhaka technical teachers training Institute with Tk 86 crore and Construction of military Police center and school at Savar cantonment, 1st revised, with Tk 163.57 crore.
Ministers, State Ministers, Planning Commission members and secretaries concerned were present.