24 'mega' projects taken up to develop Khulna region
With an aim to modernise Khulna region, the Khulna Development Authorities (KDA) has taken up 24 'mega projects', sources said.
Apart from remodeling Khulna city, the schemes are targeted to develop Noapara industrial belt and Mongla port with new infrastructures.
Besides, seven more such projects, funded by KDA, at present are being implemented, they said.
KDA sources said, once the projects are materialised, the region, including the divisional city, will have a completely new look.
The projects mainly focus on solution to the housing problems, expansion of urbanisation, easing pressure on the roads, setting up a number of industries and income-generation of a large population.
The KDA sources added they were attaching importance mainly to the development of the city, Noapara and Mongla port.
The projects includes construction of different roads in Noapara involving Tk500 crore, construction of dams and bridges along with tunnels on both sides of the Rupsha River and construction of a park on its bank at a cost of Tk 2,000 crore, construction of a bridge connecting Mongla with Khanjahan Ali Bridge and a road on the Passur riverside involving Tk 1,700 crore, civic services development costing Tk300 crore, development the city centre on the Rupsha Bridge approach road at a cost of Tk400 crore, construction of a link road from Niklapur to Tilka at a cost of Tk 48 crore, construction of a five-star hotel involving Tk 300 crore, construction of a satellite town covering Noapara, Rupsha and Mongla involving Tk five crore, repair and construction of residential area for the KDA employees at a cost of Tk 300 crore, construction of an internal road network in the city at a cost of Tk 250 crore, construction of several roads including Rayer Mahal-Koira Bazar Road and Khulna-Satkhira Road involving Tk 250 crore, construction of an IT village park involving Tk 250 crore, construction of a bypass road at Noapara involving Tk 300 crore and renovation of KDA New Market at a cost of Tk 280 crore.
The projects have been set to be implemented by the year 2018, the sources added.
The KDA, apart from these, are implementing seven more approved and
unapproved projects for the development of Khulna.
The approved projects include construction of the extension building of KDA at a cost of Tk 16.68 crore, construction of a commercial complex in Nirala Residential Area at a cost of Tk 10.6 crore, development work of Ahsanabad Residential Area at a cost of Tk 125.11 crore, construction work of a digital archive and management software centre at a cost of Tk5.39 crore and construction of a rest house at a cost of Tk4.1 crore.
Construction of KDA Water World at a cost of Tk 8.42 crore and construction of KDA building at a cost of Tk 18 crore are among the unapproved projects.
Implementation of these projects is expected to be complete by the year 2016.
Meanwhile, six more projects are awaiting approval.
These are construction of 21.20 kilometre road from Barakpur to Chandanimahal at a cost of Tk 532.66 crore, construction of Sheikh Russel Civic Centre at a cost of Tk103.60 crore, construction of a three-storey building at Khalispur Natun Rasta intersection with auditorium, gymnasium and club facilities, construction of three link roads from Satkhira Road to city bypass at a cost of Tk 266. 12 crore and construction of a 450-metre long overpass at Phulbari level crossing at a cost of Tk153.63 crore.
Kazi Mohamamd Sabirul Alam, superintendent engineer of KDA, said a massive change will take place in the city after the implementation of these projects.
Besides, the city will wear a new look with extension of its area, increase in its entertainment facilities and eased traffic congestion.