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Progress without compromise

  • Published at 12:02 am August 19th, 2019
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File photo of Padma Bridge which is under construction since December 7, 2014 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Seven residential sites were constructed to provide for local residents

There is no doubt that the construction of Padma Bridge remains one of the most crucial elements to realizing Bangladesh’s dreams of attaining middle-income status, by not only easing communication between Dhaka and the southern part of the country but essentially changing Bangladesh’s entire economic landscape.

But, of course, a project of this magnitude requires land, and lots of it, for which it was necessary for the government to acquire land from residents in the surrounding area.

However, what is most encouraging to see is how effectively and efficiently the government has taken steps to ensure that the construction of the Padma Bridge has positive socio-economic effects -- seven residential sites were constructed to provide for local residents whose lives had been affected by the mega-project. 

This has allowed people who could never have dreamed of owning land to become landowners, thereby further contributing to the sustainable development of the region, and to the far-reaching progress that Padma Bridge continues to have. 

While it has not been possible to provide land for the people, what is also commendable is that those affected were provided compensation, homestead, and newly constructed dwellings in nearby areas. 

What we are seeing here is how a single project is positively affecting the lives of the thousands of people around the area, with the government also expanding roads, building schools, hospitals, and mosques, and creating marketplaces for the people of the area. 

This is the sort of win-win solution that the nation appreciates and goes to show that progress does not have to come at the cost people’s livelihoods, homes, the environment, or any other such compromise.