Mega projects like the Padma Bridge will no doubt contribute to the GDP growth and help take the country’s economic development to a newer height. Logically, these projects deserve to be treated as fast-track ones and, logically, are being implemented on a priority basis. But economic implications cannot be the only criterion for adopting plans. There may be other types of plans and projects that might carry little significance in economic terms and yet are worthy of rapid implementation. The plan for the construction of the Swadhinata Stambha or the Independence Monument is such a priority project.
The Monument, being built at the city’s Suhrawardy Udyan, is going to be a proud possession of the nation. This is going to be one of the most important symbols of the glorious independence that we achieved through decades of arduous struggles and tremendous sacrifice of the people in general, and of the valiant sons and daughters of the soil in particular, under the command and guide of our supreme leader, the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The Monument will brightly shine as a symbol of our glorious history.It is therefore a great priority project. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, while inaugurating the same through a PowerPoint presentation in November 2019, ordered for its quick implementation. But, despite her utmost emphasis on it and people’s eager expectation, the implementation of the project is allegedly advancing at a snail’s pace. While the implementation process was supposed to be completed before the golden jubilee celebration of the country’s independence, the overall project has reportedly witnessed only 60 per cent in infrastructural progress. Amid the ongoing Mujib Borsho, the golden jubilee of our independence is going to begin soon but the nation will have to celebrate this great occasion with a half done Monument. Needless to say, a half done thing is not at all a thing in practical terms.
Poor project implementation capacity is a chronic disease of our administration. It is really very saddening to note that even such a landmark project of paramount importance has to suffer for this unremitting ailment. The nation wants a quicker completion of the project.