Vol. 5 Num 64 Fri. July 30, 2004  

ADB keen to fund in Dhaka eastern bypass

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) yesterday expressed its interest in constructing Dhaka eastern bypass for the protection of Dhaka city from massive flooding in future.

A visiting team of ADB's board of directors in a meeting with Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday stated the intention, meeting sources said.

Jusuf Anwar led the six-member delegation of ADB.

The ADB board members expressed grave concerns over the severe flooding that Bangladesh is faced with. They discussed post-flood rehabilitation programmes and assured of all-out support in rebuilding communications infrastructure.

They told the minister that ADB was closely monitoring the flood situation. They underlined the importance of building roads and highways so as to be above the flood level.

The communications minister sought unconditional help from the ADB in rebuilding roads, highways, and rail tracks after the flood is over. He also called for ADB help in construction of the Padma Bridge that is likely to begin from March 2005.