Setting the target of construction of 16160 km of new roads in three years

Finance Minister Abul Hasan Mahmud Ali said that the target of construction of 16 thousand 160 kilometers of new roads in the rural sector in the next three years has been set in the mid-term action plan.

He said this while presenting the proposed budget of Tk 7 lakh 97 thousand crore for the fiscal year 2024-2025 in the National Parliament at 3 pm on Thursday (June 6). The budget was presented under the chairmanship of Speaker Shireen Sharmin Chowdhury and in the presence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The finance minister said that in the mid-term action plan, in the next three years, construction of 16 thousand 160 km of new roads in the rural sector, construction of 69 thousand meters of bridge-culverts, 27 thousand 100 km of paved roads and 13 thousand meters of bridge-culvert maintenance, development of 415 growth centers or haat markets, Construction and expansion of 184 upazila complex buildings, construction of 160 cyclone shelters and various development works have been set as targets. Besides, a target of construction of 497 km of roads and footpaths and 282 km of drains has been set in urban areas.

Abul Hasan Mahmud Ali said, “Our government is building, renovating and conserving the necessary infrastructure in villages and towns as one of the appendages of economic development and civic amenities in the belief of ‘Sheikh Hasina’s principle, development of villages and towns’.” Citizen benefits are being ensured through the construction of country-wide communication infrastructure, safe water supply, waterlogging, ensuring sanitation facilities, increasing surface water conservation and utilization, improving waste management, etc.

Against the daily demand of Dhaka residents of around 265 crore liters of water, Dhaka WASA has achieved the capacity of supplying about 275 crore liters daily. Apart from this, Chittagong, Khulna and Rajshahi were also providing clean water for the city dwellers. With the aim of reducing the rural-urban gap and ensuring equal opportunities for all the people of the country, various programs are being implemented including the ‘Amar Gram-Amar City’ program.