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PM inaugurates Noakhali flood control project

DHAKA, Jan 4, 2018 (BSS)- Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said her government is making constant efforts for overall development of the country and steps are being taken in this regard.

She said this while inaugurating Noakhali flood control project for mitigating water-logging, flood control and drainage system of the district through video conference from her Ganabhaban residence.

"Our utmost goal is to ensure overall development of the country and in view of this the government has designed various schemes whenever we have come to power," the prime minister said.

The project would improve water drainage system of the Noakhali district and control intrusion of silts and saline water during tide, making contribution to overall economic development of the district through boosting agricultural production and development of environment, she said.

Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh, after killing of Bangabandhu, witnessed no remarkable progress in the socioeconomic areas. The country embarked on a planned development path again in 1996 when the Awami League assumed power.

She said people of Bangladesh have lost almost 29 years from their life since 1975 as the military dictators who ruled the country during this time were only busy to make their own fortune.

Under the water-logging mitigation project in Noakhali district, about 182 kilometre Noakhali Canal will be excavated while dredging of seven kilometre waterways of the Bamoni River will be conducted. In addition, a sluice gate of 19 vents and a sluice gate of two vents will construct on the Bamoni River and Mouishmora Khal respectively.

The project also include excavation of diversion channels, construction of closer on the Bamoni River, river bank protection at Muchapur, Guchhagram, Char Kachhapia, Char Lengta and Char Elahi of Sandheep Channel, construction of embankment and loop cut digging.

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Water Resources Minister Anwar Hossain Monju and Chief of Bangladesh Army General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq spoke, among others, on the occasion, conducted by principal secretary Najibur Rahman.

The project for mitigating water-logging mitigation, flood control and drainage system of Noakhali district will be implemented by 34 Engineering Construction Brigade of Bangladesh Army and Bangladesh Water Development Board at a cost of Taka 325 crore by 2021.

After inauguration of the projects, the premier through a video conference talked with the officials and beneficiaries of the projects at Noakhali.