PM stresses formulation of master plan for development
She opens 7 housing uplift schemes
Published : Tuesday, 16 July, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 124
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday put emphasize on formulating a master plan to ensure planned development of the country protecting the water bodies, arabale lands and environment as well at the district, upazila and union level.
She said this while inaugurating seven housing development projects at the city's Eskaton Garden Road area.
Housing and Public Works Minister S.M. Rezaul Karim and its secretary Md Shahid Ullah Khandaker also addressed the function.
Four of the seven projects have been completed by Public Works Department while three others by National Housing Authority and Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (RAJUK) under the Housing and Public Works Ministry.
The Prime Minister said, "Whatever we want to build whether it is school, college, roads, houses, mills and factories must be constructed in a planned way as we don't want to allow construction of any development schemes in half-hazard way to give the people a standard live."
Calling upon the architects and planners to take development plans that suit the weather and climate of the soil, she said, ""You should bear in mind that water bodies must be protected in taking any plan as those are working as water reservoirs. These can hold waters during the rainy season which help to reduce water logging."
Sheikh Hasina also asked the architects to draw the plans in such a way that roads can be expanded if necessary.
The premier requested all concerned to change the mindset of filling up ponds, canals and water bodies in case of constructing any buildings.
She regretted that nowadays the canals and ponds of Dhaka city cannot be found due to the mindset, "We have already asked the authorities concerned to undertake plans for saving water bodies."
She reiterated her government's firm determination to make Bangladesh a developing country by 2021 and a developed and prosperous one by 2041. In this context, she said, "We have already made Bangladesh free from hunger and are now working to transform it into a developed and prosperous one before observance of the birth centennial of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 2020 and the golden jubilee of the Independence."
"But, we don't want to make the development centering the cities, but also to reach every civic amenities to the villages," she added.
The prime minister later visited one of the three buildings constructed for grade one government officers on Eskaton Garden Road in the city.
Inaugurating the seven projects, Sheikh Hasina said, "We inaugurated 1671 flats under seven schemes with having modern facilities for cabinet members, secretaries, other government officials and employees as well as the affected people."
The prime minister said, "I hope the government officers and employees will give more attention to discharge their duties getting residence facilities in the project area with beautiful environment."