Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said that pace of the development initiated by her government could not be paralyzed by creating instability in the country.
"The pace of development could not be stopped by hurling a few bombs or pelting stones. They are wrong who are doing this," she said.
Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League President, made this remarks while laying foundation of Padma (Jashaldia) Water Treatment Plant (phase-1).
The plant would be constructed at Jashaldia under Louhajong Upazila of Munshiganj district at a cost of Tk 3,508 crore with the financial support of China. The project designed to produce 45 crore litres of water a day would be completed in April, 2018.
For the first time in the country's history, the production of drinking water reached 242 crore litres a day, exceeding the total demand for 225 crore litres.
Recalling the violence during the three-month blockade enforced by BNP-Jamaat from January, Sheikh Hasina said, "After failing to topple the government by burning people alive in the name of movement they are now trying to 'destroy the image of Bangladesh' by killing foreigners in a planned manner for creating unstable situation."
The Prime Minister said these violent incidents were taking place when Bangladesh is being recognised as a 'global role model of development'.
Pointing to government's firm actions against terrorism, Sheikh Hasina said, "We do not and will not indulge wrongdoings. I want to make it clear that there will be no place of terrorism and militancy in Bangladesh."
She also urged the people to unite against terrorism and militancy and sought support and cooperation of every citizen to combat the evil force to continue the pace of development and achieve the cherished goal of economic prosperity.
Underlining the necessity of using surface water than underground water to protect country's environment, the Prime Minister requested all concerned to protect the natural sources of water, including canals, haors and rivers for saving the ecological balance.
Mentioning that rivers surrounding Dhaka city would be dredged and cleaned up to ensure pure water, the Prime Minister said, "Rainwater is the most purified one, we all have to preserve rainwater during monsoon and minimise the wastage of water during everyday use."
Sheikh Hasina said her government undertaken a master plan for permanent and sustainable solution to water crisis from city to union levels. Master plans for water supply and upgrading the sewerage and drainage systems will be completed soon, she added.
Highlighting various successes of her government, the Prime Minister said the country will become a middle-income digital one well before 2021 and a front-ranking developed one by 2041.
While talking to local leaders at Munshiganj through a videoconferencing, the Prime Minister said socioeconomic advancement of the district would enhance further on completion of the Padma Bridge.
Minister for Local Government and Cooperatives Engineer Mosharraf Hossain presided over the function while Managing Director of Dhaka Wasa Taksem A Khan gave welcome address.
Chinese Ambassador Ma Mingquing and Ms Luo Yan, chairman and president of China CAMC Engineering Co. Ltd, the constructing company of the project, and Secretary of Local Government Division Abdul Malek attended the function as guests.