DHAKA: Communications Minister Obaidul Quader Saturday said the door is still open to reach an understanding with the World Bank financing much-talked-about Padma Bridge.
“The door is still open to reach an understanding with the World Bank and the government does not have any enmity with the bank,” he said.
The communications minister made the assertion while talking to journalists while visiting a Padma Bridge rehabilitation site at Kumarbhogh in Munshiganj.
He said the government wants to start construction of the bridge main structure with World Bank funding, if it agrees. “Otherwise, the government will go for alternatives,” he said.
The ruling Awami League lawmaker, however, said the government is giving priority to constructing the Padma Bridge with the funds pledged by the World Bank and other donors.
A total of 90 percent of the construction of four rehabilitation sites of the bridge has already been completed.
Sukumar Ranjan Ghosh MP, Tarana Halim MP, eminent journalists and columnists ABM Musa and Syed Abdul Maksud, Safe Road Movement Chairman Ilias Kanchan and actress Rokeya Prachi were among others present on the occasion.
BDST: 2050 HRS, JUN 16, 2012
M. Mahbub Alam, Asst Output Editor
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