Staff Correspondent: The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) yesterday approved the conversion of Akhaura-Sylhet Meter Gauge Section of Bangladesh Railway into dual gauge with an estimated cost of Tk 16,104.44 crore.
The approval came from the ECNEC meeting held at the NEC Conference Room in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area with ECNEC chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
Briefing the reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister MA Mannan said that a total of 7 projects were approved yesterday involving an overall estimated cost of Tk 18,191.38 crore.
“Of the total project cost, Tk 6,622.43 crore will come from the state exchequer while the rest of Tk 11,568.95 crore from project assistance,” he said.
All the approved 7 projects are new projects. The Planning Minister said the conversion of the Akhaura-Sylhet Section Dual Gauge Conversion project will be implemented by June 2025 with Tk 10,654.36 crore project assistances from China on G to G basis.
Under the project, some 225 kilometer existing meter gauge railway track under the Akhaura-Sylhet section would be converted into 239.14 kilometer dual gauge track.
Besides, the other major project operations includes construction of 49 major and 237 minor bridges, signaling works at 22 stations, construction of 16690 square meter residential buildings, barrack and dormitory, and some 200.30 acres of land acquisition. According to the Planning Commission, the Akhaura-Sylhet section is very important considering economic aspect, tourism and internal and regional connectivity.
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