Rural Connectivity Improvement Project (RCIP)

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1 The government on 20 June 2023 endorsed 16 development projects involving a total cost of Tk Tk 243.62 billion that include mostly rural and urban infrastructure development-related ones. The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved the projects — at least seven for rural and two for urban infrastructure development — at its meeting in the capital, with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. Following the ECNEC meeting, Planning Minister MA Mannan said the government approved a good number of rural infrastructure-development projects as it wants the villages to be more developed. “It’s our mission to improve the villages,” he told journalists, replying to a question on such huge projects ahead of the upcoming national election, and that the government has been pursuing austerity measures for some time now. “We are aware of the austerity. So, we are not taking fresh projects for constructing highways or buildings. We are only undertaking those ones which are really needed,” he added. Of the total expenditure, Tk 128.73 billion will come from the internal resources, Tk161.5 million from the implementing agencies’ own fund and the rest Tk 114.73 billion from the external resources as project assistance. Of the approved 16 projects, eight are new while eight are revised projects. The ECNEC meeting approved Tk 63.45 billion for Improving Urban Governance and Infrastructure Project (IUGIP), agriculture irrigation through solar-powered pumps (2nd revised) at an additional cost of Tk 2.01 billion, infrastructures development of BCS Tax Academy (1st phase) at Tk 1.16 billion, construction of Bangladesh Chancery Complex at Berlin in Germany (1st revised) at an additional cost of Tk 602.5 million, construction of Sunamganj-Madanpur-Dirai-Shalla-Jolshukha-Ajmiriganj-Habiganj highway’s Shalla-Jolshukha road portion (1st revised) at an additional Tk 2.29 billion, construction of underpass at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at Tk 11.84 billion, and 3rd city operations and infrastructural development, sector (3rd revised) project at an additional cost of Tk 845.2 million. It also endorsed some other projects including replacement and modernisation of signaling and interlocking system at Ishwardi-Parbatipur section stations of western region of Bangladesh Railway at Tk 6.48 billion, Economic Acceleration and Resilience for NEET (EARN) project at Tk 33.48 billion, Khurushkul Special Ashrayan Project (1st revised) at an additional cost of Tk 1.33 billion, Rural connectivity improvement project, RCIP, (1st revised) at an additional cost of Tk 28.25 billion, important upazila and union roads widening and strengthening at Chattogram upazila at Tk 31.10 billion, constructing 1,490-metre-long PC girder bridge over the Teesta River on the connecting road between Panchpir Bazar-Chilmari upazila Sadar at Sundarganj upazila under Gaibandha district (3rd revised) at an additional Tk 393 million, important upazila and union roads widening and strengthening at Rajshahi Division at Tk 24 billion, important rural infrastructures development at Noakhali, Feni and Laxmipur districts at Tk 26.50 billion, and herringbone bond for making rural earth roads sustainable-II (1st revised) at an additional cost of Tk 9.88 billion. Ministers, the Planning Commission members and high officials concerned were also present at the meeting. ECNEC Approved RCIP (1st Revision) 20/06/2023
At a Glance
Short Title: RCIP
Ministry: LGRD
Executing Agency: LGED
Approval Ref: 2018-851
Project Code: 224249700
Sector: Rural
Status: Ongoing Investment Project
Funded By: ADB, GOB.
Budget: 649307.00 (Lac)
Start Date: Jul-2018
Completion Date: Jun-2027