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Delta Plan likely to get approval today

Tk 3,00,000 crore estimated for project implementation

Published : Tuesday, 4 September, 2018 at 12:00 AM  Count : 106

Around Tk 3,00,000 crore project to implement Delta Plan 2100 is likely to be placed before the National Economic Council (NEC) today (Tuesday) for its final approval. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will preside over the meeting, Planning Commission sources told the Daily Observer on Monday. The Draft of "Bangladesh Delta Plan (BDP) 2100" has been prepared by General Economics Division (GED) of the Planning Commission. Sources said the governments of Bangladesh and the Netherlands worked together  to formulate a long-term plan for management of Bangladesh Delta Plan (BDP) 2100.

According to the Planning Ministry's document, about 70 per cent areas in 16 districts where poverty rate is very high are most vulnerable to natural disasters. A high-level Delta Governance Council led by the Prime Minister will be formed to execute the Delta Plan 2100. Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal will be its vice-president. The council will make decisions and give directives for implementing the plan. 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 optimises levels of water safety, climate change, blue economy, food security and sustained economic growth.

Dr Shamsul Alam, Member of the Planning Commission, said Bangladesh is one of the most disaster prone countries. Due to the adverse impact of climate, rate of river erosion has increased and agriculture sector is in disarray.  "The plan is crucial for Bangladesh to adapt to the challenges due to its deltaic nature," Dr Alam said. According to sources, the project has been taken up to 2030. More successful activities will be taken in the mid-term 2050 on successful implementation of this.

Meanwhile, areas like water purification, water supply, sewage treatment, irrigation and dredging have been identified as potential areas of private financing. The delta plan has also divided the country into six hot spots, a broad grouping of districts and areas facing the risk of similar natural hazards. These are coastal zones, Barind and drought-prone areas, haor, and flash flood areas, Chattogram Hill Tracts, river systems and estuaries and urban areas.

"Moreover, we have wasted many resources to implement those single-unit plans," Shamsul added. "That's why the government has taken the holistic approach, encompassing different sectors like agriculture, fisheries, industry, forestation, water management, and sanitation," he said. The main theme of "Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100" will be water resources management in consideration of climate change effects.

According to knowledgeable sources, Bangladesh and Neterland's signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on May 23, 2012, which will 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 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 to utilise the rivers.

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