Entire country to come under rly network: PM
She opens intercity Kurigram Express, urges all to ensure road safety to avert accidents
Published : Thursday, 17 October, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 798
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the government has taken plans to bring the entire country under a rail network.
She said, "The northern region was connected by the rail network through the Bangabandhu Bridge while steps have been taken to extend railways from Dhaka to Barisal, Mongla and other parts of the country through the Padma Bridge."
She came up with the observation while opening the intercity train 'Kurigram Express on Kurigram-Dhaka-Kurigram route through a video-conferencing at her official residence Ganobhaban in the city.
She simultaneously opened the newly-imported coaches of Rangpur Express and Lalmoni Express to improve train services from Dhaka to northern region.
The Prime Minister also opened 1.2-km Bhulta Flyover on Dhaka-Sylhet Highway, Patia Bypass Road, Satkhira Town Bypass Road, Aldi Bazar Bridge, Banar Bridge on Mymensingh-Gafargaon-Toak district highway and replacement of 13 bridges with permanent construction through a video -onferencing from Ganobhaban.
During the video-conferencing Sheikh Hasina made a call to all including the drivers and pedestrians to be responsible while using the roads to avoid accidents.
The premier stressed the need for introducing education on traffic rules and regulations at school levels and said, "Students should know which sides of the roads will have to be taken to move."
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi and Social Welfare Minister Nuruzzaman Ahmed, Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujan, who is from Kurigram, were present at the function moderated by PM's Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman.
Secretary of Railways Ministry Md Mofazzal Hossain gave a brief presentation highlighting the key features of the newly inaugurated train service as well as the future action plans for the railways development.
On the other hand, Road Transport and Highway Division Secretary Nazrul Islam delivered a brief presentation on the development projects on the occasion.
Addressing the function, the Prime Minister said the then BNP government wanted to destroy the railway sector ignoring its necessity for socio-economic welfare of the people and she will definitely show the BNP how it could be profitable.
The new coaches for the Kurigram Express have been imported from Indonesia with some modern facilities such as wheel chairs and widened main and toilet doors for easy movement of the physically challenged people, wifi, bio-toilet and modern and improved roof-mounted air condition.
Bodies of the coaches are made of stainless steel having modern facilities for the passengers.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the then BNP regime's decision to close down several rail routes in the country considering them non-profitable as prescribed by an international organisation was suicidal.
She said her government had been implementing a massive programme to spread the railway network in every division. Many new rail routes have been constructed and repaired to this end, she added.
Noting that works on the expansion of rail network are continuing, she said her government has been working to revive the rail links which were closed after the 1965 war between India and Pakistan.
Besides, the government is planning to introduce high-speed trains on different routes of the country, she added.
While exchanging views with the cross section of people of Lalmonirhat, the premier said her government is establishing Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Aviation and Aerospace University (BSMRAAU) in the northern district.
She hoped that helicopters, planes and fighter planes would be made in the aeronautical centre in Lalmonirhat in the days to come.