There is nothing ‘new’ in the budget for the people of Chittagong

  • Allocation has not been kept for Kalurghat II bridge project
  • CDA is preferred over Chasik

In the announced budget of the fiscal year 2024-25, an allocation of 17 thousand 509 crore 27 lakh rupees has been kept for 46 development projects of Chittagong. Analysis shows that almost all the projects that have been allocated are ongoing. There is nothing new.

According to the budget analysis, most of the projects allocated in the budget of the next financial year are ongoing. Chittagong’s most talked about Kalurghat new bridge has not been earmarked. Among the projects earmarked, priority has been given to coal-based power, development of Matarbari port and Dohazari-Ghumdhum railway line project. Also, the Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) has been given priority over the City Corporation in Chittagong in terms of allocation.

Among the development projects allocated in the budget, 7 thousand 253 crore 7 lakh taka has been allocated for five projects under implementation related to Chittagong under the power department. The second highest allocation is 3 thousand 256 crores for two projects of the Ministry of Shipping. Ministry of Housing and Public Works is in third place. 2 thousand 460 crore 66 lakh taka has been kept for 8 projects under this ministry. Out of this, 2 thousand 233 crore 5 lakh taka is kept for six projects of CDA.

1 thousand 568 crore 85 lakh taka has been allocated for 11 projects under implementation under local government department in Chittagong. Out of this, Tk 600 crore has been kept in two projects of Chittagong WASA and Tk 550 crore has been kept in five projects of Chittagong City Corporation (CHSIC). Besides, 1 thousand 19 crores 23 lakhs have been kept for Chittagong Medical University (CMU) establishment project.

When talking about the budget, engineer Subhash Barua, the urban planner and vice-president of the Planned Chittagong Forum, told Jago News, ‘The government will want to complete the half-finished or unfinished works going on at the moment. That is why allocations have been kept for these projects. However, it was not appropriate not to allocate for the Kalurghat bridge over the Karnaphuli river. Because 18 thousand crore rupees have already been invested in Chittagong to Cox’s Bazar railway project. If there is no new Kalurghat bridge, the benefits of this investment will not be available. That is why the construction of new Kalurghat bridge should be given national priority.

According to the announced budget, among the projects under implementation under the power department in Chittagong, 317 crores in ‘Development of power distribution system in Chittagong zone (2nd phase) (1st revised)’ project, ‘Matarbari 2*600 MW Ultra Super Critical Coal Fired Power Project (1st revised)’ project 6 thousand 5 crore 45 lakh Taka, 3 crore 38 lakh Taka for ‘Madunaghat-Bhulta 765 KV transmission line project including feasibility study’ project, 187 crore 24 lakh Taka for ‘Dhaka-Chittagram Main Power Grid Strengthening Project’ and ‘Electricity transmission of Chittagong region’ Expansion and Strengthening of System (1st Revised)’ scheme earmarked Rs.740 crore.

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1 thousand 100 crores in the project ‘Matarbari Port Development (Part of Chittagong Port Authority) (1st Revised)’ and 2 thousand in ‘Matarbari Port Development (Part of Roads and Public Paths Directorate) (1st Revised)’ project through the Chittagong Port Authority under the Ministry of Shipping. 76 crores have been allocated. Apart from this, Tk 80 crore has been allocated for the construction project of Mirsrai and Sandwip of Chittagong, Sonadia Island of Cox’s Bazar and the jetty of Teknaf (Sabrang and Jaliar Islands) under implementation through BIWTC.

Chittagong Development Authority
300 crores under the Ministry of Housing and Public Works under the Chittagong Development Authority for the project ‘Chittagong City Outer Ring Road (Patenga to Sagarika) (4th Revised)’ project, ‘Construction of Elevated Expressway from Lalkhan Bazar to Shah Amanat Airport in Chittagong City (1st Revised)’ 326 Crore 72 Lakh Taka, ‘Construction of road along Karnaphuli River from Kalurghat Bridge to Chaktai Canal (2nd Revised)’ project 400 Crore Taka, ‘Re-excavation, expansion, renovation and development of canal for Chittagong city waterlogging plan (1st Revised) project 1 thousand 156 Crore Taka, “Preparation of Chittagong Metropolitan Master Plan Project” 10 Crore 62 Lakh Taka and “Expansion and Development Cluster Project-1 of Chittagong City’s Important Roads” Project 39 Crore 71 Lakh Taka.

Apart from this, Tk 47.55 million in the project ‘Construction of Government Residential Flats and Dormitory Buildings in Abandoned Houses in Chittagong City’ and ‘Construction of Residential Flats for Government Officials and Employees in 36 Abandoned Houses in Chittagong (1st Revised Project)’ were Tk 180.6 million. Allotment has been kept.

Chittagong wasa
Among the local government department projects, 52 crores have been allocated to ‘Vandaljuri Water Supply Project (2nd Revised)’ of Chittagong WASA and 548 crores have been allocated to ‘Chittagong Metropolitan Sewerage System Establishment Project (1st Phase)’.

Similarly, Tk. 2 crores in Chasik’s ‘Digging of Canal from Bahaddarhat Baripara to Karnaphuli River (2nd Revised)’, Tk. Tk 50 crores for the project ‘Construction of cleaners residence under the jurisdiction’, Tk 101 crores for the project ‘Modernization of City Street Light System at Different Areas under Chittagong City Corporation’ and Tk 395 crores for the project ‘Development of various roads including Airport Road under Chittagong City Corporation and important infrastructure development’ is kept

Besides, 135 crore 85 lakh taka in the ‘Greater Chittagong Rural Infrastructure Development Project-3’ project under implementation through the Directorate of Local Government and Engineering, 12 crore taka in the ‘Infrastructure Development Project of Patia Municipality of Chittagong District’, 91 crore in the ‘South Chittagong Regional Development Project’ and ‘Chittagram 180 crores have been allocated for widening and strengthening projects of important upazila and union roads of the department.

1453 crores for the ‘Construction of single line dual gauge track from Dohazari via Ramu to Cox’s Bazar and from Ramu to Ghumdhum (1st revised)’ project and 2 crore 61 lakhs for ‘Chittagong-Dohazari meter gauge railway conversion project to dual gauge railway’ have been allocated in the announced budget. .

Project of Ministry of Water Resources in Chittagong
Among the projects of the Ministry of Water Resources in Chittagong, “Bangladesh Economic Zone (BEZA) Flood Control Road Cum Embankment Defense and Drainage in Mirsarai Upazila of Chittagong District (2nd Revised)” project, Tk. Revised)’ project 75 crore rupees, ‘Rangunia and Boalkhali upazila under Chittagong district and Kaptai upazila of Rangamati hill district from erosion of both banks of Karnaphuli and Ichamati and Shilak canal (1st revised)’ project 80 crore rupees, ‘Flood control of Chittagong city, 250 Crores for Waterlogging/Waterlogging Relief and Drainage Improvement (1st Revised) Project, 260 Crores for ‘Flood Control, Drainage and Irrigation Project of Patia Upazila of Chittagong District’, 62 Crores for ‘Shrimai Khale Multipurpose Hydraulic Elevator Dam Construction Project of Patia Upazila of Chittagong District’ 25 lakhs and 76 crores 2 lakhs have been allocated for ‘slope conservation project including permanent rehabilitation of damaged dam of polder number-72 of Sandwip upazila of Chittagong district’.

Department of Road Transport and Highways
Among the projects of Road Transport and Highways Department in Chittagong, “Performance Based Operation and Strengthening of Four Lane Elevated Dhaka-Chittagong National Highway (Daudkandi-Chittagong Section) for four years (1st Revised)” project, “Karnaphuli Tunnel with Anwara Upazila Link Road” 74 crore 82 lakhs for the project ‘Upgradation of Link Road to Four Lanes (Shiklbaha-Anwara Section) (1st Revised)’, 479 crores for ‘Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar Highway Improvement Project’ and ‘Chaturi Choumuhani-CUFL-Karnaphuli Drydock Marine Academy-Fakirnirhat National’ 100 crores have been earmarked for the project of upgradation of highways to proper standard and width.

Agriculture and Tourism
In the budget, Tk 150 crore for the ‘Irrigation development project through surface water in Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar districts’ under the Ministry of Agriculture, Tk 21 crore 70 lakh for the project of ‘Strengthening the capacity of Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport Vidyaman Runway and Taxiway’ of the Ministry of Private Aviation and Tourism and ‘ “Introduction of Tourism Facilities in Chittagong Park (1st Revised)” project has an allocation of Tk 21 crore.

Moreover, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change’s ‘Sheikh Russel Aviary and Eco Park Rangunia Chittagong 2nd Phase (1st Revised)’ project has 19 crore 47 lakh, ‘Mahamaya Ecopark Biodiversity Conservation and Environment Development Project’ 1 crore 72 lakh and the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock’ 7 crores have been allocated for the Halda River Natural Fish Breeding Area Development and Management (2nd Phase) project.

The proposed budget for the financial year 2024-25 was announced on June 6. On that day, in the presence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Finance Minister Abul Hasan Mahmud Ali announced the budget of Tk 7 lakh 97 thousand crores in the National Parliament.