Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is addressing a public meeting and inaugurating various development projects during her daylong visit to Rajshahi on Sunday, 29th January 2023.
Today, the city and district units of the Bangladesh Awami League (AL) in Rajshahi are hosting a massive public meeting at the historic Madrasah ground, and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is set to give the keynote address. In addition to addressing the gathering, she is expected to inaugurate 25 projects involving around 1,316.97 crore Taka. In addition, the HPM will reportedly lay the foundations for six further projects anticipated to cost approximately 376.28 crore Taka.
All set to welcome PM Hasina
AHM Khairuzzaman Liton, member of the AL Presidium body and the mayor of Rajshahi, announced that preparations had been made to ensure that citizens within a three-kilometer radius of the gathering location would be able to hear Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s speech.
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He elaborated on their preparations to make the event a big success, stating that a sufficient number of volunteers will be engaged to ensure security. “We are now making the last of our plans,” he added. Mayor Liton remarked that law enforcement agencies have taken heavy security measures to ensure the public meeting is a great success.
The Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) has spent about 295.60 crore Taka on improvement projects for public facilities in the past couple of years.
The mural of Bangabandhu
The RCC built the country’s biggest mural of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the C&B Crossing area in Rajshahi city. The cost of making this structure was about Taka 5.02 crore and it was part of a project called “Integrated Urban Infrastructure Development in Rajshahi City,” which totals about Taka 2,993 crore. The artwork is 58 feet tall, with a central portrait of Bangabandhu that is 50 feet tall and 40 feet wide. Both sides of a boundary wall, totaling 700 feet, are covered in terracotta.
Super granite was used to adorn the gallery and the outdoor spaces. Decorative electric bulbs provide illumination at night for the mural. Mayor Liton said that the mural will encourage people to learn about Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his life, works, and commendable commitment and sacrifice to the liberation of Bangladesh.
Sheikh Russel Shishu Park
Sheikh Russel Shishu Park is nearing completion in the city of Rajshahi, to provide a new recreational opportunity for people, especially children. Costing an estimated Taka 4.43 crore, the park was built on 2.14 acres of land in the Chhotobangram district. The park features state-of-the-art attractions like a bridge, an open stage, walkways, an artificial hill, and bulletproof security.
A new architectural perspective will be offered to the people of Rajshahi, which will greatly aid in children’s physical and mental growth.
Added lanes for Bilsimla railway
The municipal government has been widening the intersection of the Bilsimla Railway and the City Hat Road to four lanes in an effort to facilitate the quick and simple movement of both vehicles and pedestrians.
At a cost of roughly Taka 44.92 crore, the road is being widened to 80 feet, with 4 feet wide. divider. A 44-foot road, 12-foot-wide pathway and drainage system, and 20-foot road for slow-moving cars are being built on each side of the 3.532-kilometer pathway. A further outdated road has been upgraded to a smart one at a cost of about Taka 55.78 crore.
Roads, footpaths, and flyover constructions with modern decorations
The 4.17-kilometer route between Naodapara bus terminal and Bhadra Railway crossing is being upgraded from two to four lanes, with two additional lanes for slow-moving cars, a road divider, a drain, and sidewalks on both sides. All things considered; the road will radically shift the socioeconomic status of the people who reside across its route.
At the Mohanpur railway crossing, a flyover built at a cost of about Taka 40.80 crore has been built.
In addition to building footpaths on both sides of the 6.793-kilometer road, different modern infrastructures were built based on what was needed. These included a flyover at a railway crossing, a bridge, eight culverts, and a median. The freshly built four-lane road has been essential in helping to reduce the ever-increasing traffic congestion experienced by city residents.
A 2.5-kilometer road from Kalpana Cinema Hall Crossing to Talaimary Crossing has been expanded to four lanes at a cost of around Taka 131.36 crore. On both sides of the road, decorated and pedestrian-friendly footpaths have been built, along with colorful road lights. A carpeted road, drain, and footpath have also been built from Rentur Kharir Arat to Dhalur More via Hi-tech Park, and a carpeted road has also been built from Court to Shahartali Club.
Two major roadways in the city center, from Upashahar to Sonadighi crossing and from Malopara crossing to Sagarpara crossing, respectively, have been widened at a cost of about Taka 126.40 crore, bringing in a major milestone in the city’s transport infrastructure.
Foundation laying projects to be inaugurated by PM
The foundation-laying projects are- Taka 24-cr Information Complex, Taka 8.35-cr Regional PSC Office Building, Taka 62-cr Shaheed Janani Zahanara Imam Girls High School, Taka 53-cr Shaheed AHM Kamaruzzaman Boys High School, Taka 162-cr BKSP Regional Training Centre, and Taka 66-cr Rajshahi WASA Building.