Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday , August 02 inaugurated 27 newly constructed development schemes and laid foundation stone of five others including Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Novotheatre at a cost of over TK2000 crore in the district.
She opened the development projects at a grand rally at the Rangpur Zilla School ground this afternoon that turned into a human sea with the participation of thousands of people.
The projects under different ministries, divisions and Rangpur City Corporation are expected to contribute to the socio-economic uplift of the region and to the national economy of Bangladesh.
The projects that foundation stone were laid are: the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Novotheatre, women hostel for Rangpur Medical College and regional office of Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA), Rangpur Regional office of Bangladesh Public Service Commission Secretariat, Bitac Centre of Rangpur district.
Sheikh Hasina opened five development programs under Youth and Sports Ministry. These are: Sheikh Russell Media Centre, Sheikh Russell Indoor Stadium, Sheikh Russell Swimming Pool, Rangpur Palichara Stadium and Divisional Women Sports Complex.
The inaugurated projects under Rangpur City Corporation are: Rangpur City Asphalt Plant and Store Yard, Rangpur City Central Bus Terminal.
Under Agriculture Ministry, the projects are: The Nalaya River Re-excavation (19.14 kilometres), Alaikumari River Re-excavation (19.24 kilometre), Noimulla Beel Re-excavation (14.57 acre), Varardaha and Patuakamri Beel Re-excavation (22.89 acres), Chithli Feel Re-excavation (19.63 acres).
The projects under the Local Government and Rural Development and Cooperatives Ministry are: Development works of road from Pirgacha upazila’s Chowdhurani GC to Shathibari R&H, Rehabilitation works of road from Pirgacha upazila’s Vendabari to Khalashpir GC, Rehabilitation works of road from Kaunia upazila’s Tepamdhupur GC to Paotana GC, construction works of Pallimari government primary school cum shelter in Kaunia upazila, construction of 96 metre bridge over Ghaghat river at Gopalganj Ghat in Mithapukur Upazila, construction of 40 metre bridge on Burirhaat GC- Kakina R&H road in Gangachara upazila.
The projects under Health Engineering Department are: Rangpur Medical College Multipurpose Building, Helencha 10-bed Mother and Child Welfare Centre at Mithapukur upazila in Rangpur, office of Divisional Health Director of Rangpur Division, Matharganj 10-bed Mother and Child Welfare Centre at Pirganj upazila in Rangpur, 14 No Chatra 10-bed Mother and Child Welfare Centre at Pirganj upazila in Rangpur, Khalashpir 10-bed Mother and Child Welfare Centre at Pirganj upazila in Rangpur, 10 bed Begum Rokeya Modern Hospital of Payraband union of Mithapukur upazila in Rangpur.
The other projects are: the preservation of 2,540 metre river banks in Pirganj upazila and office building of inspection of Rangpur Factories and Organizations.
Of the development projects, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Novotheatre is one of the most important schemes. The 10-storey Novotheatre is being built on 10 acres of land in Rangpur Upshohor around six kilometre away from Rangpur town at a cost of TK417 crore.
The Novotheatre will help ensure socio-economic uplift of the locality further and will generate employment. The government has already built Bangabandhu Novotheatre in Dhaka while four others are being built in Barisal, Rangpur, Rajshahi and Khulna.
Each division will get a Novotheatre as per Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s pledge. The construction works of the Novotheatre in Rajshahi have almost been completed and it is likely to be opened within the next one or two months.