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POST TIME: 20 January, 2020 00:00 00 AM
Bring more projects under fast-track monitoring: PM
UNB, Dhaka

Bring more projects under fast-track
monitoring: PM

Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina yesterday stressed the necessity of bringing more important projects under the watch of the Fast-Track Monitoring Committee alongside the existing 10 fast-track projects. "We've a number of mega projects. Of them, some were incorporated as the fast-track ones. We've many other important projects," she said while addressing the 5th meeting of Fast Track Project Monitoring Committee at her office in the capital. The premier said some projects were initially incorporated as fast-track ones. Noting that the committee has been monitoring the implementation of the projects, she said, "It would not enough for this committee to oversee these projects only rather many other will have to monitor in the future."

The PM said the government could implement development projects by maintaining quality as the people gave mandate for the continuation of her government for the third consecutive term.

"We came to power for the third consecutive term. So, we can implement our development works and can maintain their standard," she said extending her thanks to people for giving their mandate to Awami League.

Sheikh Hasina said development works hampered in case of discontinuation of government.

At the meeting, the PM was informed about the work progress of those fast-track projects.  She gave necessary

directives to the authorities concerned to implement the projects properly.

Talking about Padma Multipurpose Bridge Construction Project, she said nearly 3.5 kilometers out of 6.15-km Bridge has been completed. She thanked the authorities concerned for the progression of the Padma Bridge project and other fast-track projects.

According to the fact sheet of the fast-track projects, some 85.5 percent construction works of the main Padma Bridge has been completed so far, while the overall progress of the works is 76.50 percent.

The other fast-track projects are: Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant Project, Maitree Super Thermal Power Project at Rampal, Moheshkhali-Matarbari Integrated Infrastructure Development Project, Dhaka Mass Transit Development Project (under jurisdiction of line 1, 5, and 6), Construction of LNG Terminal and Gas Pipe Line Project, Deep Seaport Construction Project, Paira Deep Seaport Project, Padma Bridge Railway Link Project and Dohazari-Cox’s Bazar-Gundhum Railway Line Project.

The Prime Minister said her government has been taken the projects aiming to reach its benefits to the doorsteps of people and make them financially solvent.

While talking about Deep Seaport Construction (Sonadia) Project, the PM asked the authorities concerned to omit ‘Sonadia’ word from the project. Besides, the proposed site of the planned Sonadia Deep Seaport was likely to be relocated as the premier feared the project could damage the ecological balance in that area.

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Qader, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, Planning Minister MA Mannan, Science and Technology Minister Architect Yeafes Osman, Land Minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury, PM’s advisers Dr 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 Dr Ahmad Kaikaus conducted the meeting, while Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam and other government high officials concerned were present there.