Extensions of project deadlines are nothing new to Bangladesh
It is disappointing to learn that the proposed railway track from Dohazari in Chittagong to Cox’s Bazar continues to experience one delay after another, and as per the latest reports, will not be ready for operation until at least 2023, assuming there are no more delays in the future.
This railway line would not only aid in boosting tourism to Cox’s Bazar and allow travellers from Dhaka to nearly cut the travel time by half, but be yet another step towards better rail connectivity in the country, which is something the authorities have rightfully identified as an area of interest.
Thus, delays such as this are extremely frustrating, and do not bode well for a nation that is looking to be taken seriously as an inspiration for development.
Extensions of project deadlines are nothing new to Bangladesh. In fact, as this newspaper has editorialized numerous times, it is among the most pertinent challenges we face, as a failure to meet deadlines not only increases the overall cost of the project, but reflects poorly on our efficiency and dedication to completing important life-improving projects.
While the Covid-19 pandemic has indeed been a major reason for many mega-projects failing to meet their deadline, a lack of coordination and cooperation among stakeholders -- touted as one of the primary reasons for the failure of this project -- has caused further delays.
It is this lack of coordination and cooperation that must be addressed, for it is the people and the entire nation that suffer as a result. Building roads and railways are integral to the development of a nation, but it is equally important to draw up realistic plans and have a solid implementation strategy to remain within the proposed deadline and cost.