A Tk 6,000 crore project is being taken at the directive of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for a permanent solution to the water-logging problem in the port city of Chittagong, Housing and Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain said.
The project is being undertaken in line with experts' opinions, he said while exchanging views with the journalists of Chittagong Press Club (CPC) Friday night.
Mosharraf hoped that the project would soon be approved by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC).
He underscored the importance of coordination among public utility organizations including Chittagong City Corporation, Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) and WASA to turn Chittagong into a world class city with all civic amenities.
Outlining planned development in Chittagong including four flyovers, an elevated expressway and Karnaphuly tunnel, the minister said the ancient Muslim Hall, a centre for cultural activities, will also get a facelift at a cost of TK 300 crore and the DC Hill Park would be modernized.
The minister said modern Cineplex would be set up in the city to enhance entertainment facilities for the city people.
Mentioning the steps taken for the rootless people, the minister said the government has taken steps for making planned residential areas in all upazilas and 1,000 slum families have already been accommodated in apartments.
Nearly 10 thousand more families will gradually be accommodated in the apartments, he said.
In response to a demand of the journalists, the minister announced that a journalist village will be set up to solve their housing problem.
CPC president Kolim Sarwar presided over the function while former ambassador Nurul Alam Chowdhury, Chairman of Chittagong Zila Parishad MA Salam, vice president of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) Shahidul Alam, president of Chittagong Union of Journalists (CUJ) Reaz Haidar Chowdhury, chairman of Chittagong Journalists Cooperatives Housing Society Swapon Mallik, CPC senior vice president Kazi Abul Monsur, General secretary Shuklal Das, joint secretary Chowdhury Farid and Treasurer Debdulal Bhowmik also spoke on the occasion.