Dhaka – Bangladesh will go ahead with its two mega projects – construction of Padma Multipurpose Bridge and Metro Rail in Dhaka, now in the midst of implementation, a senior minister said dispelling any uncertainty over the recent terrorist attacks.
The implementation of the projects will be as per the schedule despite security concerns, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said on Monday.
“There is no security concern over construction of the Metro Rail and the Padma Bridge along with other large projects,” the minister said while exchanging Eid greetings with officers and employees at his ministry.
The minister said about 36 percent work and 18 piling of the Padma Bridge have been completed so far.
The government has taken necessary measures for ensuring security for the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) members and all foreigners, who are engaged in development works in the country.
The July 1 terrorist attack at a Dhaka restaurant killed 20 civilians, including nine Japanese, seven Italian, one Indian and a US citizen. The Japanese men were engaged with the rail project.
The minister expressed deep shock and said, “We must move forward with the promise.”
The minister referred to a previous government decision saying that three-wheelers will not be allowed to ply on the 22 highways.
“We have to remove indiscipline from transport sector,” he added.
BRTA chairman M Nazrul Islam, BRTC chairman M Mizanur Rahman, DTCA executive director M Kaikobad Hossain, Roads and Highways Chief Engineer Ibne Alam Hasan, Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development Project, project director Mofazzal Hossain were present the meeting among others.