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Bangabandhu-1: Minister Jabbar dismisses graft allegations, promises more satellites

  • Published at 12:58 am May 17th, 2018
Bangabandhu-1: Minister Jabbar dismisses graft allegations, promises more satellites
The Bangabandhu-1 satellite at Kennedy Space Centre in Florida /Focus Bangla

The posts, telecommunications and information technology minister has claimed that the Bangabandhu-1 Satellite Project has been implemented at Tk200 crore less than the estimated cost.

Mustafa Jabbar made the remark while addressing a road show program marking the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2018, held in front of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (BTRC) office in Dhaka on Wednesday.

Responding to BNP Standing Committee Member Moudud Ahmed's demand regarding the project expenditure to be made public, the minister said there should be no question of corruption as the project was transparent and nothing had been kept secret during its implementation.

"What else should we make public? Do they (BNP) need a brochure about where and how much was disbursed during the project?" he questioned.

Under the management of BTRC, the Bangabandhu-1 Satellite was built by Thales Alenia Space, a Franco-Italian aerospace manufacturer headquartered in Cannes.

Bangladesh has entered the elite space club of 57 nations with the launch of its first geostationary communications satellite into orbit by US space transport company SpaceX in the early hours of May 12.

The satellite finally made its journey towards orbit after its launching schedule was deferred 9 times.

BTRC Chairman Shahjahan Mahmood on Tuesday said the satellite would take three more days to reach its specific orbit slot in space.

Minister Jabbar on Wednesday also said that more such initiatives would be taken in future, and Bangabandhu-1 would not be the last satellite operated by Bangladesh.

"We want to bring broadband internet and mobile internet to everyone in the country," he said.