Decreasing allocation for communication infrastructure development

In the budget of the financial year 2024-25, an allocation of Tk 80 thousand 498 crore has been proposed for the development of communication infrastructure. Earlier, in the financial year 2023-24, 85 thousand 191 crores were allocated to this sector. That is, the allocation in this sector has decreased.

Finance Minister Abul Hasan Mahmud Ali made this proposal while presenting the proposed budget in the National Assembly on Thursday (June 6).

In the budget speech, the finance minister said that the size of our economy has increased significantly in the past 15 years, and the volume of passenger and goods transportation with the outside world has also increased. The use of planes has also increased in domestic travel. Therefore, we have undertaken several activities to modernize the plane and ancillary services to global standards. Existing runways and taxiways at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Cox’s Bazar Airport and Osmani International Airport have been improved and lengthened to increase safe take-off and landing facilities for planes.

Stating that the Prime Minister inaugurated the third terminal of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on October 7 last year, the finance minister said that the third terminal of Shahjalal Airport has added a new dimension to the country’s aviation sector. 90 percent of the project ‘Strengthening of Existing Runway and Taxiway of Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport’ has been completed. 79.95 percent of the runway extension project of the airport towards the sea has been completed to upgrade the Cox’s Bazar airport to an international airport. Besides, the security system of all international airports has been improved.