Make township plans with long-term vision: PM

Make township plans with long-term vision: PM


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday asked the authorities concerned to formulate any new township plan keeping in mind the context of at least 20-25 years and the country’s population at that time to ensure smooth development and avert future complexities.”Whenever you (authorities concerned) take any plan, you’ll have to consider what will be the population in the next 20 to 25 years, what will be the extent of economic activities and our needs? Now we’ve a mindset of thinking about the present context, but we’ll have to think with farsightedness to avert future complexities,” she said.The Prime Minister said this in her introductory remarks at a meeting at her office relating to planning on the newly formed Mymensingh Division.

Sheikh Hasina said whenever any new township will be built, there should be enough provisions for water bodies and water reservoirs so that water is easily found in case of any fire incident, addressing water logging problem and protecting the environment.Asking again the authorities concerned to think about the environmental aspects and geographical location before taking any development plan, Hasina said she has already given specific directives to keep the provision of water bodies or water reservoirs while establishing countrywide economic zones and any township.The Prime Minister said now the country’s total population stands at 16 crore, and there is a need of decentralising power further to reach the services to the common people.She said once Dhaka was a big division with 17 districts, and it periphery has been trimmed by creating a new Mymensingh division. “Perhaps, Dhaka Division will be further trimmed in the future,”Citing the example of fire incident in the city’s Bashundhara City Shopping Complex a couple of years back, she said firefighters had to bring water from Sonargaon Hotel swimming pool to douse the fire for lack of water in nearby water reservoirs and water bodies.Whenever any residential area is created, there must be lakes or ponds so that the rainwater could be harvested there, she said.Soon after the country’s independence, she said, the Father of the Nation had initiated a process for turning all the Mohokumas into districts to render much more services through decentralisation of power.Hasina said once necessary divisional infrastructures are established in Mymensingh, then it would be easier to reach services to the common people in a much easier way.”We want to further strengthen the local government and for this…it’s essential to decentralise power,” she said adding if such thing happens in phases, especially in cases of administration, health, education and in other services, then it would be easier to render better services to the common people.With the full establishment of Mymensingh Division, she said, more services will be ensured for the common people, while a modern and nice city will be established on the other side of the Brahmaputra River.Hasina said a new township will emerge as a modern and eye-catching one with a very open and nice environment keeping unhurt the main town.Referring to her decision of constructing new office buildings and other establishments in the newly formed divisions like Rangpur and Sylhet, the Prime Minister said such decisions have been proved appropriate.Directives have already been given to set up all the establishments and offices in more open and wider areas on the other side of the Brahmaputra River in the newly formed Mymensingh Division.Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury, Housing and Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain, Religious Affairs Minister Principal Matiur Rahman and State Minister for Textiles and Jute Mirza Azam attended the meeting.PM’s Principal Secretary Md Abul Kalam Azad conducted the programme while PMO Secretary Suraiya Begum and PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim as well as secretaries and officials concerned were present.


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