Dhaka: The government on Thursday approved additional Tk 1,400 core funding for the much-talked Padma Bridge project taking the total project cost to Tk 30,193 crore.
The Bridges Division, the implementing authority of the project, had sent a proposal to the planning ministry to acquire 1,163 hectares of land at a cost of Tk 1,400 core.
The proposal was placed before meeting of Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) for approval. There, it was approved upon mutual consensus.
The cost increased for acquiring lands needed to dump dredging spoil due to river training along the bank of the Padma, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal told reporters at briefing after the meeting.
The increased amount will be added to the total cost of the project when the entire Padma Bridge project will go through revision, the minister said.
On April 9, the road transport and bridges ministry sent a DO (demand order) letter to the planning ministry, detailing the revision proposal.
As per the letter, around 212 crore cubic feet dredging spoil has to be dumped due to river training along the bank of the Padma. The char area of the river is suitable for disposing of the spoil in an environment-friendly way.
As per the last revision in January 2016, total project cost was Tk 28,793 crore.
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