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High Profile Meeting Today
Govt to form panel for 100-yr delta plan
Mizanur Rahman
Published :Tuesday, 3 May, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 89

Bangladesh government has decided to set up a Commission for implementing the long awaited "Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 (BDP-2100)", a 100-year long mega project to address all issues relating to rivers, water resources and climate.
For this, General Economics Division (GED) of the Planning Commission has arranged a high profile meeting at the NEC auditorium on Monday, Planning Commission sources told the Daily Observer.
They said, the governments of Bangladesh and the Netherlands are working together to formulate a long term plan for management of the BDP 2100 (Bangladesh delta plan). Formulation of project is led by the GED. For the sustainability of the plan and its implementation, it is important for local stakeholders to know that the government has embarked on the formulation of a 100-year plan to manage the Bangladesh delta in a way that optimizes levels of water safety and food security, as well as sustained economic growth.
Dr. Shamsul Alam, Member of GED of Planning Commission said that Netherlands has a very strong and effective Delta Commission. So, Bangladesh has decided to set up commission similar to that of the Netherlands.
He said that the Delta Plan will be linked with several ministries and departments for its implementation. Therefore, no single ministry can alone "adjust or monitor" the huge plan.
"The Delta Commission will be formed through creation of a new," he added.
Sources said, the government has embarked on preparing to hundred years' long "Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100" to deal with issues like climate change, water resources management, river dredging and construction of embankment in a coordinated manner. The very mega plan will be like the one of the Netherlands Delta Plan as characteristics of both the countries resemble.
One of the four Commission members will be the Chairman, who will enjoy the status of State Minister.
Alam said that the government had taken various plans like national water management plan, integrated costal management plan, haor master plan, national water resources management plan, but they failed to bring desired results.
"Moreover, we have wasted many resources to implement those single-unit plans," he added.
"That's why the government has taken the holistic approach, encompassing different sectors like agriculture, fisheries, industry, forestation, water management, and sanitation" said Alam.
The main theme of "Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100" will be water resources management in consideration of climate change effects, he said. The Bangladesh government will formulate and implement the plan as soon as possible.  
According to knowledgeable sources, Bangladesh and Nederland's signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on 23 May, 2012, which would focus on strategic partnership in the fields of sustainable delta management, integrated water resources management, disaster management and adaptation to climate change.
A senior official of the Planning Commission said that the Netherlands has only four big rivers whereas Bangladesh has about 1,200 big rivers and large number of tributaries. So we have a much greater scope than them to utilise the rivers.

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