DHAKA (23Janu) : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the government would begin Padma Bridge construction with alternative funding if World Bank doesn’t give its final decision by January.
“We will take initiative to begin the construction work of Padma Bridge in February with alternative arrangment if WB doesn’t inform us by January,” she added.
The premier came up with the observation while briefing about her Russia visit at her office on Wednesday noon.
Sheikh Hasina said, “Nothing can be done here if the pros and cons of the World Bank-called-conspiracy in this bridge are analyzed.”
Prime Minister also said that the government would start the construction work of 1,000-megawatt nuclear power plant at Rooppur in Pabna by September.
She also said, “Russia is ready to render financial and technical help to us in this regard while we have to finish some procedure here in the meantime.”
Terming Russia good friend, the premier added, “I also requested Russia for duty free import.”
Earlier, PM made a three-day official visit to Russia from January 14.
During her visit, Bangladesh and Russia signed three agreements and six Memorandum of understanding (MoUs) in different areas including on construction of nuclear power plants in Bangladesh.
Other sectors are agriculture, health, education, culture, law and justice, terrorism and military cooperation.