The south-western region of the country is being neglected, claimed speakers at a discussion yesterday, and demanded that the government make special allocation in the national budget to improve the situation in the region.
They were addressing the discussion organised by Brihattar Khulna Unnayan Sangram Samannay Committee, a platform of civilians of greater Khulna, at Jatiya Press Club in the capital.
The committee demanded the authorities concerned take an initiative to implement the Ganges Barrage project and ensure the best use of Mongla port.
They further urged the government to ensure that Khulna's demand for gas and electricity is met.
Once Khulna was called the city of factories, but now the region only boasts 2,359 factories while there are 11,588 factories in central region (Dhaka division), 4,235 in eastern region (Chittagong and Sylhet) and 6,570 in northern region, they said.
Mohammad Fakhruddin, president of the committee, said it was necessary to modernise the Khulna Railway Station and connect Mongla, Khulna, Jessore and Satkhira through railway.
Dr Mashiur Rahman, economic affairs adviser to the prime minister, said a discussion between Bangladesh and India is needed to implement the Ganges Barrage. He said the government has already completed primary planning for constructing the barrage. On the Padma Bridge, Mashiur said it was expected to be completed within the government's tenure.