Bangladesh’s highest economic policy-making body has approved a World Bank and AIIB co-funded project worth around 19 billion taka (about 220 million U. S. dollars), a rural water supply and sanitation project.

The project was approved at a meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday.

After the meeting, Bangladesh’s Planning Division Senior Secretary Md Ashadul Islam told the media that a total of five projects including the rural water supply and sanitation project involving an estimated cost of 33.08 billion takas were approved.

Revealing details of the water and sanitation project, Mamun-Al-Rashid, another senior Planning Ministry official, said the Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE) under the Local Government Division of Bangladesh will implement the project at the country’s 30 districts by December 2025 with 18.31 billion taka as a loan from the World Bank and the AIIB.

Once the project is implemented, around 4.5 million people would get better water and sanitation facilities, he said.

The main project operations include implementing some 78 large piped water supply scheme, 3,364 piped water supply scheme at the community level.

352 public sanitation and hygiene facilities, about 500 sanitation and hygiene facilities at community clinics, 780 running water facilities at community clinic toilets, and installing 3,51,270 toilets for extremely poor people, about 882 hand washing stations to prevent COVID-19, and providing necessary items to prevent COVID-19. (1 U.S. dollar equals 86 taka).

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