WB wants to start work without delay
A senior official of the World Bank (WB) yesterday said the bank wants to start the construction of the Padma bridge without further delay resolving the present stalemate considering its importance on Bangladesh's economy.
World Bank Vice President and Head of Network for Sustainable Development Rachel Kyte said this in a meeting with Minister for Environment and Forests Dr Hasan Mahmud at Qatar National Convention Centre.
Mahmud and Rachel are now in Doha to attend the 18th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
"Ms Rachel told me that they are looking into the matter of Padma bridge with high importance and want to start construction of the bridge without any delay," Mahmud told reporters after the meeting.
In the meeting, the minister underlined the importance of construction of the bridge saying it will not only be a great boost for economic development of Bangladesh but also a leap for the most climate vulnerable people of the southern parts of the country linking the area with other parts including the capital Dhaka.
Mahmud said they have discussed many issues particularly on strengthening cooperation for environmental protection and tiger conservation, and ways for working together globally for combating climate change.
Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Atiur Rahman and Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Forests Shafiqur Rahman Patwari were also present during the meeting.