Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday (November 07, 2022) said that people of Bangladesh are now enjoying the fruits of the development work done by the Awami League government.
“People can say a lot of things. But the entire nation is getting the benefits of the work we are doing for them. People at the grassroots are at the centre of our development programmes,” she said.
The premier said this while opening to traffic 100 newly constructed bridges in 25 districts through video conferencing, from her official residence Ganabhaban.
She said her government has been able to make significant socio-economic development for the people of the country. Per capita income of Bangladesh has risen to USD 2824, the PM noted.
Describing the inauguration of the 100 bridges as "a historic moment", Sheikh Hasina said the infrastructure would accelerate economic development in the respective areas.
Besides, agricultural production would increase, and marketing of goods and transportation system would improve, PM Sheikh Hasina said.
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The total length of the bridges is 5,494 meters and the construction cost has been Tk 8,79.61 crore.
Of them, 7 have been constructed in Dhaka division, 46 in Chattogram division (42 in Khagrachhari district alone), 6 in Mymensingh division, 17 in Sylhet division, 14 in Barishal division, 7 in Rajshahi division and 3 in Rangpur division.
The Roads and Highways Department under the Road Transport and Highways Division constructed the bridges with the government's own fund.
Sheikh Hasina said her government is building road and rail bridges with a target to join Trans Asian highways – Asian Highway and Asian Railways- for strengthening Bangladesh’s international connectivity.
She said the total length of the bridges reconstructed on different roads by her government in the last 14 years is 113,303 meters, while the total length of the culverts constructed during this time is 21,267 metres.
Talking about the inauguration of 45 bridges in the Chattogram Hill Tracts region at one time on Monday, the PM said none could think in the past that so many bridges would be built simultaneously in the CHT region.
She said the hilly region is now witnessing massive development due to the CHT Peace Accord signed during her first term. Her government’s goal was to restore peace in the CHT region and uplift the livelihood of its people through signing the 1997 peace accord, she added.
Referring to the global economic crisis, the premier urged the people of the country to increase food production, exercise austerity in the use of fuel, electricity, gas and water, and enhance their savings.
She said the government is also trying to protect the people of Bangladesh from the international food crisis and other global problems.
Noting that the government has been implementing various programmes to fulfill the basic rights of the people, Hasina asked all to be sincere over their proper execution.
About the outbreak of dengue, the PM asked the people to keep their houses and surrounding areas clean, remove stagnant water and destroy breeding spots of Aedes mosquitoes. The government would take all necessary measures to control its outbreak, she added.
At the event, the PM also talked to the local peoples of Sunamganj, Khagrachhari, Barishal and Chattogram through the videoconferencing.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader spoke at the function moderated by PM’s Principal Secretary Ahmad Kaikaus.
Road Transport and Highways Division Secretary ABM Amin Ullah Nuri made a presentation about the 100 newly constructed bridges.