The government has decided to draw up a master plan on roads to take stock of the current network and find out future requirements, said Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal yesterday.
The decision was taken after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at a meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council on Tuesday called for putting emphasis on maintenance apart from construction of new roads, he said.
The prime minister also opposed destruction of farmlands to make way for the construction of roads, according to Kamal.
"We have decided to formulate a master plan on roads to see how many roads we have got now and how many roads we will need in the next 20, 30 or 50 years."
Kamal made the comments at a meeting of the cabinet committee on purchase at the secretariat. The committee approved four proposals involving Tk 334 crore.
One of the purchase proposals involved Tk 43.95 crore for a "Dhaka City Neighborhood Upgrading Project" being implemented by Dhaka South City Corporation.
The work went to a joint venture of Dohwa Engineering Co, Junglim Architecture Co of Korea, Dev Consultants, Design Planning & Management Consultants and the Tanya Karim NR Khan and Associates.
Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC) received permission to buy 30,000 tonnes of phosphoric acid from its subsidiary DAP Fertilizer Company for Tk 87.97 crore.
The corporation also got the nod to import 25,000 tonnes of bagged granular urea from Muntajat of Qatar (Qatar Chemical and Petrochemical Marketing and Distribution Company) for Tk 61.21 crore.
The committee gave the go-ahead to a proposal to award the work to convert the Kushtia town portion of the Jhenaidah-Kushtia-Pakshi-Dashuria National Highway to four lanes to the lowest bidder, Jahirul Limited. The conversion would cost Tk 141.25 crore.
The purchase committee's last approval was to a proposal for cancelling the purchase offer of Tk 105 crore for a public works package of the Shariatpur (Monohor Bazar)-Ibrahimpur Ferry Ghat Road Development Project as only one bidder had participated.
It instructed starting the process for a new procurement proposal.