May 22, 2022 6:33:37 p.m.
May 22, 2022 9:30:26 p.m.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina 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 at her office in Dhaka on Sunday. .
The Prime Minister said that the government had taken the “Delta-2100 Plan” to secure the inhabitants of this delta and provide them with a better life and asked the authorities concerned to take the measures planned for its implementation, reports BSS.
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.
The prime minister said his government had adopted the Delta plan to protect people in the delta region and give them a better life.
She said the huge maritime border that Bangladesh has should also be linked to this plan.
Mentioning that the marine resources can also be utilized for the country’s food security, Sheikh Hasina said that there are huge stocks of fish in the sea areas.
Focusing on marine research, she said there are two types of marine research for fish resource extraction and mineral resource extraction.
In order to extract resources from the deep sea, there must be sea research, she said, adding that a marine research institute has already been established in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh.
The Prime Minister said her government has adopted the blue economy plan for the utilization of marine resources. “We cannot afford to lose these resources. We need to see how to use them economically,” she added.
Mentioning that Bangladesh bears no responsibility for climate change, she said that climate change is happening because of developed countries, but its impact trickles down to Bangladesh.
Sheikh Hasina emphasized keeping the Bay of Bengal and the country’s rivers pollution-free as well as proper utilization of marine resources. “We also need to think about how we can use this resource,” she added.
She said the government has taken measures to stop the establishment of industrial factories here and there. In this regard, she mentioned the creation of 100 economic zones.
The head of government ordered the authorities concerned to keep the rivers and canals active and unpolluted.
Mentioning that the construction of any bridge should be planned considering the character of the river, she gave a comparative picture of constructions of Padma Bridge with Jamuna Bridge.
Furthermore, the Prime Minister also stressed the need for regular dredging to maintain the navigability of the country’s rivers and ensure the smooth functioning of the river and the canals.
Referring to the Memorandum of Understanding that has already been signed between Bangladesh and the Netherlands for the implementation of the Delta Plan, she said that certain changes and modifications may be made from time to time as required by this plan until 2100.
The Prime Minister said that the delta plan was adopted bearing in mind that the most important thing is the socio-economic development of the inhabitants of this region.
She said she gave directions to build elevated roads above haors, beels and other water bodies to maintain the natural flow of water.
Sheikh Hasina emphasized the construction of adequate culverts and bridges on the roads so that the flow of water is not impeded.