After joining office about a hiatus of two and a half months, road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Sunday said now he would play the second innings of his life.
At an opinion share he also said that major challenges in the second innings were to complete the ongoing mega projects, reduce traffic congestion in the capital and bring back order in the road transport sector.
He expressed hope that this year people’s journey in the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr would be relatively comfortable than any other time.
The meeting was held at the ministry’s conference room in the secretariat where senior officials of the ministry, Roads and Highways Department, or RHD, Bangladesh Road Transport Authority, or BRTA, Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation, or BRTC, Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority, or DTCA, and Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited, or DMTCL, greeted the minister with flowers.
Obaidul, also Awami League general secretary, joined his office on Sunday after returning home
from Singapore on Wednesday.
He received medical treatment in Singapore for 72 days since March 4, the day he had been flown to the city-state on an air ambulance for advanced treatment.
‘I completed the first innings. Inshallah, now I will play the second innings,’ he said, referring to his return from near-death experience as a new lease of life.
The minister also commented on some ongoing mega projects, including the first elevated Mass Rapid Transit Line 6, popularly known as metro
rail, Karnaphuli tunnel and Dhaka Elevated Expressway.
He said they would overcome these challenges through joint efforts.
About preparations before Eid, the minister said during these vacations travellers experienced huge sufferings on Dhaka-Tangail highway on the way to northern districts as well as on Dhaka-Chattogram highway.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina would inaugurate Meghna and Gomti bridges on Dhaka-Chattogram highway and two flyovers on Chandra-Konabari stretch and four underpasses on Joydebpur-Elenga stretch on Dhaka-Tangail highway on May 25 through video conference, he said.
Obaidul also added that for these newly-completed infrastructures people’s Eid journey back home on these highways would be ‘totally tolerable’.
He said that the activities of the ministry went well in his absence as it had skilful and capable officials.
On the upcoming party council, the ruling party general secretary said it would be held in time as a dedicated team was working in this regard.
About his health condition he said that he would have to visit Singapore every two months for medical check-ups and was asked not to engage in heavy works in next one to one and half months.
The meeting was attended, among others, by Road Transport and Highways Division secretary Md Nazrul Islam, RHD chief engineer Ebne Alam Hasan, BRTA chairman Md Moshiar Rahman, BRTC chairman Farid Ahmed Bhuiyan, DTCA executive director Khandakar Rakibur Rahman and DMTCL managing director MAN Siddique.
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