New rail track to connect Jessore with Sundarbans
The government is going to construct a new rail track from Navaran of Jessore to Munshiganj, adjacent to the Sundarbans, via Satkhira.
The cabinet committee on purchase yesterday approved the feasibility study on the project. SMEC International Pty Ltd and its associates will conduct the study at a cost of Tk 11.11 crore.
A cabinet division official said there was a rail line already running through Navaran to Benapole border. The new line would link Navaran with Munshiganj.
Finance minister AMA Muhith presided over the meeting held at the cabinet division.
The minister also presided over another meeting of the cabinet committee on economic affairs where the draft of the public-private partnership (PPP) law was approved. The draft law will be placed in the cabinet meeting after law ministry's vetting.
On this, prime minister's Principal Secretary Sheikh Md Wahid-uz-Zaman told The Daily Star that the PPP law would be enacted to bring the private sector investments within a legal framework.
He said the law aimed at increasing private sector investment. Currently, 31 projects including the Mayor Mohammad Hanif Flyover at Jatrabari are being implemented under the PPP.
“Once the law is enacted, the confidence level of the investors will go up and their investments will be safeguarded by the law,” said the principal secretary.