Four rehabilitation centres approved for Padma Bridge-affected people

The government Monday approved proposals for building physical infrastructure for four rehabilitation centres for the people who would be affected for acquiring land of the Padma Multipurpose Bridge project.

The approval came at the meeting of the cabinet committee of government purchase at the secretariat chaired by Finance Minister AMA Muhith.

Under the project, a joint venture of MRM and ARK will set up physical infrastructures that include roads, schools, mosques, markets and facilities for civic amenities under the rehabilitation project in Zajira under Shariatpur district at a cost of Tk 221 million.

Khan Sons Bangladesh Ltd will set up the same kind of infrastructures in Sheebchar of Madaripur at a cost of Tk 206 million.

MEC and PNL Consortium will build two rehabilitation centres in Munshiganj at a cost of Tk 221 million and Tk 237 million respectively.

“The government’s ultimate plan is to turn those areas into towns for the affected people,” a senior cabinet official said.

The government plans to build the US$2.4 billion Padma Multipurpose Bridge by 2013. A total of 15,000 families may be affected for the 6.5-kilometre-bridge, the longest in the country.

The meeting also gave nod to two proposals of the food ministry to purchase wheat and atap rice.

A total of 60,000 tonnes of wheat will be bought at a cost of Tk 897 million. Prices of wheat have been fixed US$294.9 per tonne.

Messers Deshbandhu Group Ltd has been selected as supplier.

The ministry will also buy 50,000 tonnes of atap rice at a cost of Tk 1.28 billion with each tonne costing $369.5, said the cabinet official adding that Bangkok-based Messers Phoenix Commodities Private Ltd would supply the staple food.

The meeting also approved the proposals for periodic road maintenance under Road and Highways Department at a cost of Tk 1.409 billion.

The purchase committee however sent back the proposals for appointing service providers who will realise taxes and fees from vehicles owners through online system.

“The cabinet committee has not approved the proposals as rates and fees are associated with it, which needs further scrutiny,” the cabinet official said.

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