Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday disapproved two lawmakers' proposal to name the under-construction Padma bridge after her for her contributions to the country's development and progress.
She expressed her disapproval by waving her hand and shaking her head while two ruling Awami League MPs placed their proposal before parliament in this regard.
Lawmakers Pankaj Debnath and Mohammad Iqbal Hossain placed the proposal while taking part in the discussion on thanksgiving motion on the president's speech in the House.
"I want to propose that Padma bridge should be named after our prime minister who is the symbol of development and initiative," Iqbal said.
"The prime minister is a modest person. She would not want it [naming the bridge after her], but we have some responsibilities and obligations also," the MP said amid thumping of tables by the lawmakers.
Later, Pankaj also placed a similar proposal.
He said the PM made a bold decision to go ahead with the implementation of the bridge project with the country's own funds after donors cancelled their funding.
"She is a modest person, but we are not ungrateful," Pankaj said.
Earlier, on Tuesday, a Supreme Court lawyer filed a writ petition with the High Court seeking its directive on the government authorities concerned to name Padma bridge as "Sheikh Hasina Bridge" considering her contributions to its construction.
Lawyer Md Kamruzzaman submitted the petition as a public interest litigation to the HC. The petition said most of the people of the country desire that the bridge will be named after the prime minister as she had taken the challenge of building it with the country's own funds.
The HC may hold hearing on the petition next week, the lawyer told The Daily Star.
The last span of the Padma bridge was installed on December 10 last year. The top deck of the two-level steel truss composite bridge will accommodate a four-lane highway for vehicles and the lower deck railway tracks. The bridge is likely to be opened to traffic in the first half of next year.
The bridge, which would connect Dhaka to 21 southern districts, will be a potential catalyst for major economic changes in the lives of over 30 million people living in the region. It will also give a major boost to trade and economic activities.
The Tk 30,193-crore bridge will be one of the major transport corridors linking Bangladesh with India, Nepal and Bhutan. Besides, it will enhance regional trade and collaboration along the Asian Highway and the Trans-Asian Railway Network.