PM asks authorities to expand number of fast track projects

Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka | Published: 22:28, Jan 19,2020


Prime minister Sheikh Hasina chairs a review meeting of the fast track project monitoring committee at the PMO in Dhaka on Sunday. — PID photo

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said that more development initiatives alongside the existing 10 mega ones should be incorporated as fast track projects as she chaired a meeting to review their work progress.

‘We have initially incorporated some projects as the fast track ones… more projects including the mega ones should (now) be included as fast track projects as well,’ she told the fifth meeting of the fast track project monitoring committee at the PMO in Dhaka.

Hasina said that some of the mega projects had by now been incorporated as fast track ones but the fast track project monitoring committee should supervise some more important big schemes.

She said that the re-election of the Awami League for three consecutive terms had now enabled her government to smoothly implement the development projects by maintaining their quality.

‘I am grateful to the people for giving this scope,’ she said, adding that discontinuation of government could have hampered the ongoing development works.

She said that her government took up the projects so that the common people would benefit from them and become solvent.

Her comments came as she was apprised of the implementation progress of the fast track projects. She also issued some directives for their proper implementation at the time.

Hasina appreciated the pace of progress of the fast track projects, including that Padma Multipurpose Bridge, noting that nearly 3.5 kilometres of the 6.15-km structure had by now been constructed.

According to the project factsheet, 85.5 per cent construction works of the main Padma Bridge has been completed so far while the overall progress of the project stood at 76.50 per cent.

The ten fast track projects are constructions of Padma Multipurpose Bridge, Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, Maitree Super Thermal Power at Rampal, Moheshkhali-Matarbari Integrated Infrastructure Development, Dhaka Mass Transit Development, LNG Terminal and Gas Pipe Line, (Sonadia) Deep Seaport, Payra Deep Seaport, Padma Bridge Railway Link and Dohazari-Cox’s Bazar-Gundhum Railway Line.

Officials familiar with the meeting, however, said that the proposed site of the planned Sonadia Deep Seaport was likely to be relocated as the prime minister feared the project could damage ecological balance of the area.

Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, finance minister AHM Mostafa Kamal, planning minister MA Mannan, science and technology minister Yeafesh Osman, land minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury, PM’s advisers Mashiur Rahman and Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, state minister for shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury and state minister for power, energy and mineral resources Nasrul Hamid, among others, attended the meeting.

PM’s principal secretary Ahmad Kaikaus conducted the meeting, while cabinet secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam and other government high officials concerned were present.

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