It is encouraging to note that under the able leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Bangladesh is going to join the world’s nuclear powers, but for peace.
The first batch of fresh uranium, the nuclear fuel of the first unit of Rooppur nuclear power plant, was taken to the project site at Rooppur in Ishwardi in Pabna by road from the capital city Dhaka. According to official sources, the consignment of uranium arrived in capital Dhaka from Russia on Thursday afternoon through a special air cargo. The first unit of the nuclear power plant will supply 1,200 MW power soon while the same amount of electricity will be available from the second unit from next year.
The government is working hard to implement the mega projects as early as possible. All these projects have been included on the fast-track list. The fast-track projects are usually monitored by the Prime Minister's Office. Of them, the Padma Multipurpose Bridge was inaugurated for vehicular movement on June 25 last year.
In this regard, we would like to mention that construction of the Padma Multipurpose Bridge has already created a perception that “Bangladesh can do” and it has brightened the country’s image in the world. Two other mega projects -- Metro Rail Line-6 and Dhaka Elevated Express Way were also inaugurated this year. Besides, the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Tunnel, running beneath the Karnaphuli River in Chattogram, will be inaugurated on October 28.
The government is working
hard to implement the mega
projects as early as possible
All mega projects were undertaken through economic studies by local and foreign experts. And many projects are being implemented on the basis of foreign partnerships. Therefore, the current and the next year 2023 will be milestones for Bangladesh in terms of infrastructure development. Once these (mega) projects are implemented, the face of our economy will change.
As the government is expanding rural electrification and reaching power to every house by adopting multifaceted plans, the rate of electricity users enhanced to 97.5 per cent from only 47 per cent and the number of clients increased to 3.74 crore from 1 crore. Besides, the work of establishing 100 Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in important places of the country is progressing rapidly.
Bangladesh has set an example by ensuring that the nuclear power is meant for peace and development. It is clear to all now that Bangladesh is progressing rapidly braving all odds and its development is now visible. Therefore, we believe no obstacle can halt the progress of Bangladesh, while it will be transformed into Sonar Bangla, dreamt by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, under the leadership of his worthy daughter Sheikh Hasina.