PM: Increase storage capacity of water bodies

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addresses the virtual inauguration of several establishments and projects from her official residence, Ganabhaban, in Dhaka on Thursday, October 1, 2020 Focus Bangla

Doing so will protect biodiversity and increase fish production, the prime minister says

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday called for enhancing surface water by increasing the storage capacity of water bodies across Bangladesh, aiming to protect the biodiversity, boost fish production and ensure safe water for all.

“All the canals, beels, haors, ponds and rivers throughout the country need navigability, to be excavated to enhance their storage capacity,” she said while addressing the launch ceremony of a series of development projects, through a videoconference from Ganabhaban. 

The prime minister said: “If we can do that, our biodiversity and balance of nature will be protected on one hand, and fish production will increase on the other, enabling us to fulfil the demand for fish.” 


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Sheikh Hasina said her government had also taken various plans and are implementing those to chase the objectives. 

At the function, the prime minister digitally opened the newly-constructed multi-storey Pani Bhaban (Water Development Board building) at Green Road, multi-storey Parjatan Bhaban (Tourism building) at Agargaon, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s mural and “Bangabandhu Corner” at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka, and the construction work of Sylhet MAG Osmani International Airport Expansion (Phase-1) Project. 

Hasina said her government has a special attention towards ensuring safe water and sanitation. “Our goal is to supply safe water to the people of our country.” 

She said the government had taken plans to supply safe water up to upazila and union levels by mostly treating river water. 


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The Parjatan Bhaban, a 13-storey building constructed in a modern architectural style, will be used as the offices of Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation, Bangladesh Tourism Board and other organizations. 

The Pani Bhaban, a modern 12-storey building, was constructed with a design formulated by engineers of Bangladesh Water Development Board. 

The ministers and high officials concerned were connected to the event from Pani Bhaban and Sylhet airport. 

State Minister for Water Resources Zaheed Farooque and State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Md Mahbub Ali also spoke on the occasion. 

PM’s Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus conducted the function, while Civil Aviation and Tourism Secretary (Senior) Md Mohibul Haque and Water Resources Secretary (Senior) Kabir Bin Anwar delivered the welcome speeches.

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