Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will pay a visit to Rajshahi on a daylong visit to join the 6th Corps Reunion of Bangladesh Army Engineering Corps and to inaugurate 21 development projects and lay foundation stones of 12 other schemes on Thursday.
During her visit, Hasina, also the president of the ruling Awami League, will address a rally, organized by her party, at Madrasa Moidan in the town in the afternoon.
According to sources at Prime Minister's Office, on her arrival in Rajshahi in the morning, the premier will join the 6th Corps Reunion of Bangladesh Army Engineering Corps at Qadirabad Cantonment.
In the afternoon, she will inaugurate 21 development projects and lay foundation stones of 12 others by unveiling their plaques at Madrasa Moidan.
The projects that will be inaugurated are include a four-storey academic building of Bangabandhu Degree College at Boalia, five-storey academic building of AHM Qamaruzzaman Degree College in Boalia, four-storey academic building of Damukura Hat College in Paba, four-storey academic building of Arani Degree College in Bagha, four-storey academic building of Abdul Karim Government Degree College in Tanore, four-storey academic building of Baghmara Degree College in Baghmara, four-storey academic building of Biraldaha College in Puthia, Chandrima police station, Kashiadanga police station, Katakhali police station, Paba police station, Karnahar police station, Damukura police station, Belpukur police station, a rubber dam in the Barnoi river, Rajshahi (north) Fire Service Station, Naohata Fire Service Station, Engineering and Survey Institute, administrative building and hall room of Godagari Upazila Complex, and the office of Narcotics Control Department in Rajshahi division.
Hasina will lay the foundation stones of a six-storey female dormitory at Rajshahi Government Mohila College, Kashiadanga 33/11 KV Power sub-station, Meherchondi 33/11 KV sub-station, 324.50-metre flyover on Rajshahi-Natore Highway, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Novo Theatre, 96-metre PSC Girder Bridge on the Baral river in Charghat upazila, Baragachhi and Rajabari Union Land Offices in Godagari upazila, Charghat and Nandangachhi Union Land Offices in Charghat upazila, administrative building of Rajshahi Medical University, Union Health and Family Welfare Centre in Durgapur upazila, and an academic building at Shah Makhdum Medical College.
Local Awami League leaders said they would raise a demand for nine more uplift projects for the development of Rajshahi.
"We will place a demand for nine more development projects before the prime minister," Awami League’s Rajshahi city unit president AHM Khairuzzaman Liton told reporters.
These include a full-fledged agricultural university, two government schools, a special economic zone, a leather city, upgrading the Rajshahi airport into an international one, non-stop intercity train on the Rajshahi-Dhaka route, train service on the Rajshahi-Kolkata route and dual gauge railway track on the Rajshahi-Abdulpur route, he said.
Meanwhile, Rajshahi Rakkha Sangram Parishad, a social platform, will place a 17-point demand before the prime minister for the district's development.
These include ensuring uninterrupted gas supply to mills and factories there, providing gas connection to city dwellers, construction of the Ganga Barrage, implementing North Rajshahi Irrigation Project, and installing a CNG station.