NILPHAMARI: Nilphamari was once a sleepy town in Rangpur division, but now it has turned into a fast developing town.
Its residents are now enjoying all the basic civic amenities of a municipal town. This has been possible due to massive development work that the town underwent in recent time.
A modern super market at the heart of the town has not only beautified the town, but also made the life of the town dwellers easy, who now can buy different commodities at their doorstep at fair prices.
Modern network of drains and roads, setting up of steal dustbins and road lights at every pole, development of slums, all helped turn the municipal town into a modern one.
Colourful tiles on the footpath running from in front of the office the Deputy Commissioner (DC) to the circuit house intersection has paved way for pedestrians to walk comfortably alongside enhancing the beauty of the town by manifold.
All the massive developments were done under a number of mega projects with the financial support of the Asian development bank (ADP) and the climate fund making the residents of the town happy.
Nilphamari Pourashabha mayor Dewan Kamal Ahmed informed that the giant development task has been possible following intervention of “The Urban Governance and Infrastructure Improvement Project” in three phases at a cost of Tk 69.17 crore.
“Of the total amount, Tk 36.79 crore development work has already been completed and Tk 32.38 crore uplift work is still going on,” the six-time elected mayor said.
A high-powered ADB team led by Bangladesh Resident Mission Chief Alexandar Bhogol recently visited Nilphamari to see the development work of the municipal town. The mission chief expressed satisfaction during talks with the people of different cross sections in the town.
“We’re happy to see the development work and we like to extend our all-out cooperation in this regard to complete the rest of the work,” said Bhogol while exchanging opinion with the journalists of various national and regional dailies as well as members of different electronic media.
During the visit, local people urged the ADB delegates to help construct a children’s park in the municipality area.
Mayor Dewan Kamal Ahmed informed that a process is underway for further expansion of the municipality area and 15 wards will replace the existing nine wards.
He also informed that around 31-km roads and a number of culverts inside the municipality had been damaged in recent flood and their repair work would start soon.