Sheikh Hasina plans to bring entire Bangladesh, including southern parts of the country, under railway network, reports UNB
She made the vow while launching the intercity train Kurigram Express and newly-imported coaches of Rangpur Express, and Lalmoni Express through a videoconference from her official residence Ganobhaban on Wednesday.
“We want to show that what was once considered to be non-profitable rail routes can be turned into a profitable service through modernizing the entire system," she said.
Sheikh Hasina further said that the railway is the most popular transportation medium among the common and middle-class people, but the BNP government wanted to shut it down following the suggestion of international organizations.
The premier said: “I think it was a suicidal decision for Bangladesh because the common people mostly choose rail as their way of commutation. It is essential for a country to have rail, water, air, and road transport system."
She also said her government has been implementing a massive program to spread railway connectivity to every division including Barisal. “We have constructed many new rail routes and repaired many old rail lines,” Sheikh Hasina added.
“Our goal is to bring the entirety of Bangladesh, even the southern parts of the country, under railway network,” the premier said, adding that the government will extend the railway networks to Barisal, Mongla in Bagerhat, and Payra Port in Patuakhali.
“We have a plan to construct speedy railways,” said the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Later, she exchanged views with the locals of Kurigram, Rangpur and Lalmonirhat through video conference.
While talking to the locals of Lalmonirhat, she said the government is establishing Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Aviation and Aerospace University (BSMRAAU) in the northern district.
The Prime Minister hoped that Bangladesh will be able to make helicopters, planes and fighter planes from the aeronautical centre in Lalmonirhat in the future as it can now build and export ships.s
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi and Social Welfare Minister Nuruzzaman Ahmed were present at the event.
Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujan also spoke at the launching function, joining the video conference from Kurigram.
Principal Secretary Nojibur Rahman moderated the launching function, while Railways Secretary Md Mofazzel Hossain made an audio-visual presentation highlighting the development of Bangladesh Railway in the last 11 years.