Communications and Railway Minister Obaidur Quader Sunday said the government, if needed, will start Padma Bridge construction with own resources, if alternate funding could not be managed.
“The Padma Bridge construction will start in next 10 months,” he asserted while talking to journalists after a meeting with a three- member delegation of Asian Development Bank (ADP).
ADP Executive Director Ashok Kumar Lohani led the delegation, said an official release.
The minister said the government is accountable to the people. Therefore, it is trying to implement its pledges, he added.
Replying to a question, he said Malaysia is likely to give a formal proposal to Bangladesh by the end of the current month to conclude the final agreement on Padma Bridge construction.
After getting the proposal, the government will take a decision considering the national interest. In no way, the
national interest would be compromised, he added.
Obaidul Quader said the Malaysian government is interested in building the bridge under Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) system.
He told a questioner that 90 percent of preparatory work of Padma Bridge has already been completed.
Earlier, the minister reviewed progress of the ADB-funded projects in communications sector during the meeting with ADB delegation.