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PM’s roll call of ‘pessimistic people’ over Padma Bridge construction

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Published: 20:01, 22 June 2022   Update: 20:40, 22 June 2022
PM’s roll call of ‘pessimistic people’ over Padma Bridge construction

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina named some of the people who were pessimistic about the construction of the Padma Multipurpose Bridge after the World Bank pulled out from funding.

The premier called rolls of those people during a press conference at the Prime Minister’s Office in the capital on Wednesday morning.  

Sheikh Hasina said Dr Ahsan H Mansur, executive director of Policy Research Institute (PRI), Dr Salehuddin Ahmed, former Bangladesh Bank governor, Dr Iftekharuzzaman, executive director of the TIB, Badiul Alam Majumdar, secretary of Shusashoner Jonno Nagorik (SHUJAN), BNP leader MK Anwar, distinguished fellow of the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya, and another distinguished fellow of CPD Professor Mustafizur Rahman, were among others, who were not upbeat about building the mega project with the government initiatives.

Some of them said this was a too big project for the country to implement and needed a huge foreign currency that Bangladesh could not afford, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the press conference. 

Besides, some others said about the lack of technical expertise of Bangladesh to construct the bridge, she added.

“Why do they lack self-confidence? We are a victorious nation. We can do it,” Hasina added.

However, Sheikh Hasina also remembered late professor Jamilur Reza Choudhury and paid her deep respect for his contribution to the construction of the bridge.