Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed the authorities concerned to dedicated lanes for slow moving vehicles on the national highways to avert congestion.
The directives came Tuesday at the meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council which approved a total of 13 projects involving 77.44 billion taka, said Planning Minister Abdul Mannan.
The Prime Minister also asked the authorities to earmark areas on certain distance on the highways where drivers and passengers can halt for sometimes. The areas should also have toilet facilities under private initiatives like that of other developing countries in the world.
The government has been improving the major highways into four lanes to facilitate smooth travelling by roads.
It has a plan gradually to widen all national, regional and district-level roads.
Hasina also directed the country’s Postal Department to adjust their business operations in line with the changing world order like introducing various online and financial services since the department does not need to deal with big dispatches of letters as it was in the past.
She also suggested for setting up a green park at the main office premises of the General Post Office headquarters in Dhaka once the headquarters of the Postal Department is shifted to its new building in Agargaon, the minister said.
She asked the university authorities not to enroll students beyond their capacities. If needed more new universities will be set up to accommodate the surplus students, she said suggesting the universities to concentrate more on researches.
The planning minister said strengthening the power transmission system project in south-eastern Chattogram is one of the 13 projects the meeting headed by the prime minister approved on Tuesday.
The project will cost an estimated about of 13.59 billion taka.
Of the total cost of 77.44 billion taka for 13 projects, the government will mobilize 64.15 billion taka while the rest 1.89 billion will come as project assistance.
He said 10 of the 13 projects are new. The rest are revised projects.