The target of construction of 16160 km of new roads in three years

The finance minister has proposed to allocate Tk 46 thousand 552 crores for the next fiscal year 2024-25 for local government and rural development. In the last financial year, the allocation for this sector was 48 thousand 137 crores. Out of which, the target of construction of 16 thousand 160 km of new roads in the Palli sector has been set in the next three years.

Finance Minister Abul Hasan Mahmud Ali is presenting the budget for the financial year 2024-2025 in the Jatiya Sangsad on Thursday (June 6) under the chairmanship of Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury and in the presence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

He said that in the next three years, in the mid-term action plan, 16 thousand 160 km of new roads, 69 thousand meters of bridge-culvert construction, 27 thousand 100 km of paved roads and 13 thousand meters of bridge-culvert maintenance, 415 growth centers or haat bazaar development, 184 upazilas, in the next three years. Construction and expansion of complex buildings, construction of 160 cyclone shelters, etc. have been targeted for implementation of various development works.

The minister said that the target of construction of 497 km of roads and footpaths and 282 km of drains has been set in urban areas.

The finance minister said, “Our government is building, renovating and conserving the necessary infrastructure in villages and towns as one of the adjuncts 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, flood mitigation, ensuring sanitation facilities, increasing surface water conservation and utilization, improving waste management, etc.

He said that Dhaka WASA has achieved the capacity of supplying about 275 million liters of water per day against the daily demand of Dhaka residents of about 265 million liters. Besides, Chittagong, Khulna and Rajshahi were also providing clean water for the city dwellers.

Abul Hasan Mahmud Ali said, various programs including ‘Amar Gram-Amar Shir’ program are being implemented in order to ensure equal opportunities for all the people of the country by reducing the gap between villages and cities.