Delta development plan for 100 years starts rolling: Mannan
Planning Minister MA Mannan said the government is starting implementation of the massive Delta Plan which will cover far reaching projects for next up to 100 years. Under this plan, most allocations of this year's development budget have been made for development of water resources, agriculture and irrigation.
The Minister made the disclosure at a seminar on "Consultation with Development Partners on Implementation: Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 at the NEC conference room in the capital city of Sher-e-Bangla on Wednesday.
Representatives of various government ministries and Bangladesh's development partners attended the meeting. They include representatives of Netherlands, Malaysia, Japan, India, China, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Belgium, France and the European Union.
Representatives of Asian Development Bank (ADB), World Bank, Canadian International Development CIDA), Department for International Development (DFID), German Development Co-operation (GIZ) United Nations Development Program (UNDP), International Monetary fund (IMF) and Islamic Development Bank (DB) also participated in the event.
The minister said Bangladesh has many rivers linked with neighboring countries. Therefore, as part of this development plan, Bangladesh is seeking cooperation from all countries including India, Myanmar, China, Nepal, Bhutan to develop water resources unilaterally and together.
Bangladesh will move forward by increasing cooperation with neighbors in this regard.
The minister said, "We have sought the cooperation of all in preparing and implementing the Delta Plan. Especially cooperation with our neighbors India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and China will increase," he said.
According to sources, the Government has approved Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 (BDP 2100) on September 04, 2018 with the far reaching goal of creating a 'safe, climate resilient and prosperous Delta' region by 2100.
In other words, the Delta Plan will move Bangladesh forward till the end of 21st Century.
Delta Plan is indeed the combination of long-term strategies and subsequent interventions for ensuring long term water and food security and economic growth through environmentally sustainable environment.
It will work to effectively reduce vulnerability to natural disasters by building resilience to climate change and other deltaic challenges through robust, adaptive and integrated strategies, and equitable water governance, the plan papers said.