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Information highway to connect Bangladesh with neighbours

25 March 2010

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An ambitious Information Highway (Bangladesh Part) scheduled to begin in July and completed by December 2011 will boost connectivity between South Asian countries in key areas and make Bangladesh self-reliant. It aims to reduce the power distribution loss and connect rural e-centres to generate new jobs.

The government's vision of a "digital Bangladesh" came a step nearer on Tuesday when the Executive Committee on National Economic Council approved a Tk 29 crore project to establish an information highway with India, Nepal and Bhutan.

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Image credits: The Daily Star/ Govt okays info highway project

Fifty-five kilometres of fibre optic cables will be installed between Panchgarh and Banglabandha and a landing station will be built in Panchgarh, which will provide a rural wireless broadband network and portal service.

Five or six community e-centres will also be established, which are expected to stimulate job growth and income in rural areas.

The project is titled "Establishment of South Asia Sub-regional Economic Cooperation Information Highway (Bangladesh Part)" and it is scheduled to begin in July and to be completed by December 2011.

India, Nepal and Bhutan will also install a fibre optic cable network in their own territory.

Digital connectivity among these countries is currently run via submarine cables operated by third party companies.

Once the project is complete, Bangladesh will not have to rely on anyone for data transfer.

The Ecnec meeting, which was chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, approved six other projects relating to forestry, health, power, education and port facilities.

The seven projects demands a total spend of Tk 2,886 crore.

The other projects include a Tk 109 crore social forestry project for poverty alleviation under the environment ministry, a Tk 684 crore project to prevent poor students from dropping out of primary school and a Tk 215 crore project to build "Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Memorial Specialised Hospital and Nursing College.

Ecnec also approved a Tk 770 crore project to set up a new grid substation to improve power transmission, a Tk 100 crore project to dredge the Pashur River near Mongla port and a Tk 979 crore central zone power distribution project.

The central zone power distribution project involves the installation of 2,500km power distribution lines, plus sub-stations and transformers in Mymensingh, Tangail, Jamalpur, Sherpur, Moulavibazar and Sylhet.

The project aims to reduce the power distribution system's loss.

Cooperation between the four countries in the areas of education, trade and poverty alleviation is also likely to increase.

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