Difficult, but possible: Muhith

“The construction work will start this fiscal year. And our own financing may not be necessary after the start of the construction work as there is a possibility of the involvement of various development agencies in the project,” he said.

The Finance Minister made the remarks while distributing money at programme at Sadar Upazila.

The function was organised by the Social Development Foundation (SDF) where Muhith distributed Tk 13 crore among 15,000 vulnerable people from 60 villages of Sadar Upazila in the district.

Speaking at the function as the chief guest, Muhith reiterated that there has been no corruption in the Padma Bridge project. “The Would Bank has cancelled the loan agreement jut out of apprehension of corruption.”

About public response to the Prime Minister’s plan to build the bridge with own funds, Muhith said this overwhelming response will encourage the government to go ahead with its plan.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has announced that the construction of Padma bridge will begin this very fiscal as she outlined in Parliament the strategy to execute the project with own funds. Hasina said the work would begin this year with funds from the Tk 550-billion Annual Development Programme (ADP).

Chaired by Sadar Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Monwar Morshed, the function was addressed, among others, by Sylhet Metropolitan Police Commissioner Amulla Bhusan Barua, Deputy Commissioner Khan Md Belal, District Council Administrator Abdus Zahir Chowdhury Sufian and SDF Chairman Ashraf Uddin Chowdhury.

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