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Prepare to face probable floods

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Prepare to face probable floods
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday directed the relevant authorities to take preparations in advance to face any potential flooding due to continued heavy rainfall.

She made the directives while chairing a meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) at the NEC conference room in the city.

“The prime minister is concerned about potential floods due to monsoon rains and onrush of water from the upstream. Therefore, she ordered all relevant authorities to prepare in advance,” Planning Minister Major General (retd) Abdus Salam said while addressing a press conference after the meeting.

Planning Division Senior Secretary Satyajit Karmaker said, “Flood dangers are looming large. Everyone should prepare in advance to deal with floods. In particular, we’ve been asked to prepare in advance to protect the people of the country from floods.”

He said the prime minister emphasised protecting agricultural land around Dhaka from being destroyed for housing development. She called for specific measures to ensure agricultural activities are not affected by land acquisition, particularly stressing that projects should not be undertaken in three-crop areas to boost agricultural production, he added.

In addition, she directed the relevant authorities to develop the infrastructure of all dangerous and dilapidated police stations across the country, the secretary mentioned.

At the meeting, the ECNEC approved 11 projects worth Tk5,459.87 crore, including the Dhaka Region Agricultural Development Project of the Ministry of Agriculture.

Of the amount, government funding (GOB) will be Tk5,214.34 crore, foreign funding Tk140.44 crore and organisations’ own funding will be Tk105.09 crore.

The other approved projects include two projects of the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives: ‘Important Rural Infrastructure Development in Barguna District’ and ‘Important Rural Infrastructure Development in Munshiganj District’, and the ‘Land Acquisition for Raipura 120 MW (AC) Peak Grid Tied Solar Power Plant’ project of the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources.

Besides, the ‘BCIC Printing Industrial City’ project of the Ministry of Industries, the ‘Establishment of Child Development Centres in Kishoreganj, Joypurhat and Chattogram’ project of the Ministry of Social Welfare, the ‘Construction of Islamic Arabic University’ project of the Secondary and Higher Education Division, the ‘Cumilla-Salda-Kasba (Syedabad) road (N-114) to National Highway’ project of the Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges, the ‘Urban Building Protection’ project of the Ministry of Housing and Public Works, the ‘Establishment of Pillars on the Banks of the Buriganga, Turag, Shitalakshya and Balu Rivers and Construction of Ancillary Infrastructure, including Shore Protection, Walkways and Jetties (2nd Phase)’ project of the Ministry of Shipping and the ‘Construction of Administrative and Barrack Buildings of Police Stations for Bangladesh Police in Different Parts of the Country’ project of the Ministry of Home Affairs were also approved.

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