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Govt striving to accelerate economic activities: PM

She opens bridges on Teesta, Titas rivers

September 17, 2018 00:00:00

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurating two bridges in Rangpur and Brahmanbaria through a video-conference at Gonobhaban in the capital on Sunday — Focus Bangla

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina opened on Sunday for traffic two bridges on the Teesta and Titas rivers in Rangpur and Brahmanbaria saying her government was striving to build better communication networks nationwide to accelerate economic activities and facilitate peoples' movement, reports BSS.

"A better communication system will better people's economic condition," she said opening the two bridges from her Ganobhaban residence through a video conference, joined by officials and cross sections of people on the other ends at Gangachhara of Rangpur and Bancharampur of Brahmanbaria.

The premier added: "Keeping this in mind the government has chalked out its plan to develop the country's road infrastructure."

Sheikh Hasina said contemporary history suggests that the people get the fruits of development "when Awami League comes to power" as she highlighted the country's development during the tenure of her government.

Local Government Minister Engineer Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain and senior secretary of the ministry Jafar Ahmed Khan also spoke at the function, conducted by premier's principal secretary Nozibur Rahman.

State Minister for LGRD Moshiur Rahman Ranga, state minister for social welfare Nuruzzaman Ahmed were present, among others, at Rangpur end while former minister ABM Tajul Islam, local parliament members were present on the Bancharampur end of the video conference.

The new bridge on the Teesta reduced Gangachhara's distance with Dhaka via Lalmonirhar by 40 kilometres.

The Y type bridge on the Titas connected Bancharampur with Homa and Muradnagar.

Both the bridges were named after Sheikh Hasina in recognition to her constant stride for construction of the bridges and development of the area.

Sheikh Hasina said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman reconstructed about 300 bridges destroyed by Pakistani army during the Liberation War and rebuilt 250 dilapidated roads. "He (Bangabandhu) had taken the war ravaged country to an (advanced) stage in only three and a half years," she said.

The premier said Bangladesh's people in reality virtually saw no progress in their life in the subsequent years after Bangabandhu's assassination when only a few people who grab state power illegally became wealthy along with some beneficiaries. "Sufferings of the people in the grassroots worsened day by day (during that period)," she said.

The Prime Minister said her government was working for the country's development under a long term plan chalked out over the years after her return to the country in 1981 from exile.

Sheikh Hasina expressed the hope that the two bridges would play important role in the socioeconomic development of the areas.

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