PM calls for proper development planning based on region

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today called for proper development planning taking into account the characteristics of different regions.

“The characteristics of all parts of Bangladesh are not the same…Bangladesh should be better known for any development project,” she said at the first meeting of the Delta Governance Council in her office here.

The Prime Minister declared that the government had taken the “Delta-2100 Plan” to secure the inhabitants of this delta and offer them a better life and asked the authorities concerned to take the measures planned for its implementation.

Sheikh Hasina added that any planned step could easily solve any difficult task.

In particular, the Prime Minister asked the authorities concerned to place additional emphasis on exploring the blue economy by using the country’s vast maritime resources to stimulate the national economy.

She said the vast maritime areas of the country would be included in the Delta Plan.

Sheikh Hasina said it was a wrong decision to build the bridge over the Jamuna River with a length of only 4 kilometers unlike the Padma Bridge which was built keeping the correct length.

“I didn’t let the Padma Bridge be built any smaller. We built the bridge keeping buffer zones with the river. So the bridge became the longest (in the country),” she said .

“But I think it was a bad decision to reduce the length of the Jamuna Bridge to 4 kilometers. Since its design and plan had been drawn up earlier, we had nothing more to do there. I could only ‘include the railway line,’ she added. said.

Prime Minister said Nation Father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman discussed the construction of a bridge over the Jamuna River with the Japanese government during his visit to Tokyo, and then Japan sent a team to conduct a feasibility study on this subject.

“The feasibility study started in 1974,” she added.

Thus, Bangladesh has a concrete feasibility report on the Jamuna River, she said, adding that her government conducted a feasibility study on the Padma River during the construction of the Padma Bridge.

The head of government said the design of the bridge had been revamped after the feasibility report found differences in the depth of the mighty Padma River at various locations in the bridge project site.

“I didn’t let the bridge be built in an invented way…I changed the design,” she said.

The Prime Minister also said that the flow and soil character of rivers including Jamuna and Padma changes after every rainy season in the country.

Since the situation in Bangladesh is not the same as in other countries, plans should be made rightly with this difference in mind, she added.

Minister of Agriculture Dr Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, Minister of Food Sadhan Chandra Majumder, Minister of Lands Saifuzzaman Chowdhury, Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change Md. Shahab Uddin, Advisor to the Prime Minister for Energy Affairs , Energy and Minerals Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, State Minister of Navigation Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, Minister of State for Water Resources Zaheed Farooque, Principal Coordinator (SDG Affairs) Zuena Aziz and Principal Secretary to the Cabinet of the Prime Minister Md. Tofazzel Hossain Miah, among others, were present.

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