The newly completed Companyganj-Muradnagar-Homna Highway and Gouripur-Homna Bridge and two important railway overpasses – one at Shashangachha and another at Paduar Bazar – in Comilla were opened to traffic on Thursday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina officially declared them open through a videoconference from her official residence, Ganabhaban, in Dhaka.
In her brief speech on the occasion, she promised to build the country as a developed, prosperous and golden Bangladesh as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
"We are the nation that won freedom through the 1971 Liberation War. So, we will live with pride in the global arena. We will implement the dream of the Father of the Nation by building a developed, prosperous and sonar Bangladesh," she said.
Hasina greeted the people of Comilla and thanked the road transport and bridge minister, Bangladesh Army and all others concerned for their efforts in implementing the three projects.
On the occasion, the prime minister also talked to local public representatives, including Comilla-6 MP AKM Bahauddin Bahar, through the videoconference.
Road Transport Minister Obaidul Quader, Engineer-in-Chief of Bangladesh Army Maj Gen Siddiqur Rahman Sarkar also spoke on the occasion.
Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman conducted the launching program, while Road Transport and Highway Division Secretary Md Nazrul Islam made a brief description about the projects through a power-point presentation.
Besides, a video documentary on the projects was screened.
The remaining part of Dhaka-Chittagong four-lane project, including a 344-metre long and 21.60-metre wide Padua Bazar Railway Overpass construction project, was implemented spending Tk30.47 crore.
Thirty-Four Engineering Construction Brigade of Bangladesh Army implemented the project under the supervision of Road Transport and Highways Division.
Besides, Roads and Highways Department constructed a 631.50-metre long and 8.9-metre wide Shashangachha Railway overpass at a cost of Tk94 crore.
The 23.5-km Gouripur-Homna Road along with four bridges, including 112.6-metre long and 10.25-metre wide Gouripur-Homna Bridge were constructed spending Tk73.84 crore.
The Roads and Highways Department under the Road Transport and Highways Division implemented the project.
The prime minister's Political Affairs Adviser HT Imam and Chief Coordinator (SDGs Affairs) of the Prime Minister Office Md Abul Kalam Azad were present.