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Quader: World Bank delays decision to fund road safety project

  • Published at 07:24 pm September 12th, 2021
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader
File photo of Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader UNB

Elections will be free and fair, and supervised by a neutral Election Commission, says the minister

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Sunday said the World Bank was delaying its decision to finance Bangladesh’s road safety project despite repeatedly expressing interest in it.

"The World Bank has made delays after expressing interest in financing the road safety project several times. If they don’t respond, Bangladesh will implement the project with its own funding," he said while virtually inaugurating nine bridges under Dhaka zone.

Bangladesh needs to invest about $7.8 billion over the next decade to halve its road crash fatalities, according to a new World Bank report.

Quader reiterated that the Padma Bridge, metro rail, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Tunnel and BRT projects would be opened to traffic in 2022.

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He instructed the authorities concerned to expedite the work on roads and bridges across the country and cover the delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“A revolutionary change will take place in the communication sector across the country after the under-construction projects are completed,” the minister added.

Elections will be free, fair

Turning to current politics, the Awami League general secretary said the next general election would be held on time following the constitution.

He made it clear that elections would be held in Bangladesh in the same way as in other democracies of the world.

Stating that there would be no bias in the election, he further said that the next election would be free and fair, and supervised by a neutral Election Commission.