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Mega projects show us mega dreams

Mega projects show us mega dreams

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Mega projects are key drivers for accelerating the economic growth of all countries of the world - both developed and developing. For countries like Bangladesh which are transiting from LDC to developing status, the importance of undertaking and completing mega projects on a massive scale are also linked to the image and prestige of the country in the eyes of the rest of the world.

The present government of Bangladesh, being in power for more than a decade, could boldly undertake many long term mega projects towards massive infrastructural development of the country. Once these infrastructures are completed, the image and look of the country will transform totally to become at par or above many other countries of the world. Moreover, once the people start to enjoy the benefits of these huge projects after their completion, the expenses behind them will be totally justified.

After a short speed breaker due to Corona, many of the long-term mega projects are now progressing at a rapid pace. One of the factors behind the continuation of the mega projects is also the continuity of the same government being in power throughout the progression of their work. Lack of continuity of development policies with frequent changes in governance had also been a factor preventing the country from moving ahead in the past. 

Previously, we saw many beneficial projects undertaken by a previous government being shelved or delayed by the new one following a change of government. It is unfortunate that frequent changes in power have not been good for Bangladesh in terms of development of the country. Though, it is not just having the same government in power for a long period, but also a prudent, farsighted and patriotic government in power that has been beneficial for Bangladesh during this stint of governance. Thus, the story of Bangladesh’s success in many sectors including health, education, women’s empowerment, etc is being applauded worldwide.

After completion of the fast-track mega projects like the Padma Bridge and its Railway Link, MRT Line-6, Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, Matarbari Coal Power Plant, Payra Deep Seaport, Dohazari-Ramu-Cox’s Bazar-Ghundum Railway Line, etc., we may dare to have mega dreams about a future sustainable economy of Bangladesh becoming part of the world’s economic history of super success applauded for generations.