Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Sunday said the World Bank is delaying its decision to finance Bangladesh’s road safety project despite repeatedly expressing interest in it.
"The World Bank has made delays after expressing interest in financing the road safety project several times. If they don’t come Bangladesh will implement the project with its own funding," he said while inaugurating virtually nine bridges under Dhaka zone.
Bangladesh needs to invest an about US dollar7.8 billion over the next decade to halve its road crash fatalities, according a new World Bank report.
Quader also expressed hope that the Padma Bridge, Metro Rail, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Tunnel and BRT projects would be opened to traffic next year.
He instructed the authorities concerned to expedite the work on roads and bridges across the country and make up the delays caused by Covid pandemic.
Quader said a revolutionary change will take place in the communication sector across the country after the under-construction projects are completed.
Turning to current politics the Awami League general secretary said the next general election will be held on time following the constitution.
Quader made it clear that elections will be held in Bangladesh in the same way as in other democracies of the world.
Stating that there will be no bias in the election, the AL leader further said that the next election will be free and fair supervised by a neutral election commission.