Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday opened four newly-completed development projects, including installation of solar panels in CHT’s remote areas and a national data centre in Kaliakair.
She also commissioned five ships and one survey vessel for Kaptai Lake, reports UNB.
She launched the projects through videoconference from her official residence Gono Bhaban. “Our progress will continue,” the PM said.
Through the installation of solar panels, some 10,890 families of 1,927 villages in 26 upazilas of Rangamati, Khagrachhari and Bandarban will come under electricity coverage.
The project was implemented as it will not be possible to supply electricity in the villages from national grid for the next 20-25 years, said CHT Affairs Secretary Md Mesbahul Islam.
The prime minister said her government has started massive development activities in the CHT areas.
She also commissioned the “CVASU Research Vessel”, an initiative of Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, to conduct study for increasing fish production in Kaptai Lake -- the biggest artificial lake in Southeast Asia -- located in Rangamati district.
Senior Secretary of Secondary and Higher Education Division Md Sohorab Hossain made a presentation in this regard.
Hasina also commissioned five ships -- MV Banglar Samriddhi, MV Banglar Arjan, MV Banglar Agragati, MV Banglar Agrajatra and MV Banglar Agradut -- built by Bangladesh Shipping Corporation.
The PM said a shipyard will be constructed in the southern region. She also digitally opened the tier-four data centre, seventh largest in the world, at Bangabandhu Hi-Tec City, Kaliakair in Gazipur.
The construction of the National Data Centre began in 2016 on seven-acre land with a space of two lakh square kilometre with financial and technical assistance from China, reports BSS.
The premier said Bangladesh was dependent on ICT facilities abroad, requiring the country to spend a huge amount of money from the national exchequer. The new centre would save money and generate income, she added.
Shipping Secretary Md Abdus Samad and ICT Division Senior Secretary NM Zeaul Alam made presentations on the respective projects.
Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni, CHT Affairs Minister Bir Bahadur Ushwe Sing and State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak were also present at the event, moderated by PM’s Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman.