Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Saturday, February 24, 2018 06:03:53 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Ten years yet to buy dredgers

Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

THE government has planned to carry out dredging and make the country's vast waterways navigable in 10 years back but it is still nowhere to come to the nation's help. Five years gone with little progress while mysteriously Tk 1,309-crore project has been delayed as procurement procedures can't be streamlined. The fact is that big procurement brings opportunity for big corruption and lobbying by one vested group or another to get contract is stalling the progress.

Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) was given the responsibility and the money to buy 21 dredgers, nine tug boats, two inspection boats and other dredging equipment by 2012. We fail to comprehend what are the bureaucratic bottlenecks to have blocked the procurement. Furthermore, following the delay, the project's implementation cost besides the cost for dredgers, boats and equipment have also shot up.

What appears strange instead of dredging the rivers in 10 years, the procurement process is taking 10 years now. In our view the concerned procurement authorities should be held accountable and called for hearing to explain the delay. Also the BWDB authority should convincingly explain how it plans to finish the purchase to implement the project.

Reportedly BWDB officials continue to blame the slow tendering process and no response from competent bidders. If the allegations are true, the people handling the project must be removed for incompetence and possible for sheltering irregularities.

The Planning Ministry is said to have written to the Water Resources Ministry in June, requesting to expedite the procurement process but, the progress is somewhat blocked. Meanwhile, Project Directors were changed eight times in the last seven years. It  means, one project director (PD) in about 10 months and it is no secret that contest for the post for being highly rewarding one is causing all such instability and failure to put the project at work.

We mark gross mismanagement and incompetence from the end of Water Resources Ministry and the BWDB and monitoring by high powered bodies over such projects of huge public interest. 

However, prioritising the importance of dredging of over  24,000km of rivers, canals and haors, we expect the government's top-brass to look into the matter quickly. This is more important now as frequent floods are hitting the country, as water bodies are failing to contain the running water. Further delay will only cause more problems.

Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Indian Army Chief`s allegation means complicity of government of Bangladesh

REMARKS by Indian Army Chief, Gen. Bipin Rawat on Thursday that a 'planned influx' of people from Bangladesh into India's north-east is underway as part of a proxy war by Pakistan with support from China, so to keep the area disturbed. Moreover, he also said migration from Bangladesh are happening ...

Sports »

Bronze medalist in the women`s Big Air snowboard Synnott Zoi Sadowski of New Zealand, poses during the medals ceremony at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Thursday.


Entertainment »

Priyanka Chopra terminates contract with Nirav Modi, not suing him yet

Priyanka Chopra has decided to cut ties with billionaire diamond trader Nirav Modi's brand following the news about the alleged banking fraud carried out by him. "In the light of recent allegations, Priyanka Chopra has chosen to terminate her contract with the Nirav Modi brand," a spokesperson of Priyanka, who ...

City »

BNP Standing Committee Member Barrister Moudud Ahmed speaking at a protest rally organised by Khaleda Zia Mukti Parishad at the Jatiya Press Club on Friday demanding release of BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia.


International »

Ex-Trump campaign associates face more charges

AP, Washington  :Dramatically escalating the pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate.The filing adds allegations of tax evasion and bank fraud and significantly increases the legal jeopardy facing Paul Manafort, who managed Trump's campaign ...

Front Page »

Amnesty accuses President Trump of HR violations

Human rights group Amnesty International has accused Donald Trump of "hateful" politics and of being a threat to human rights. "President Trump takes actions that violate human rights at home and abroad," the group said. Amnesty put Mr Trump in the same group as the leaders of Egypt, Russia, China, ...

Editorial »

Serving people not making money must be the motto

PHYSICIANS must provide treatment, President Abdul Hamid said to common people at affordable cost so that no one remained deprived of receiving treatment for lack of money. He made the call while addressing the third convocation of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in the city on Monday. He has also ...

Sports »

Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic celebrates after she beats Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain during the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Wednesday.

Entertainment »

Alicia Vikander loves `big adventure films`

Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander said she loves "independent and arthouse" cinema, but is also attracted towards the big adventure films.The actress, who will be soon seen as Lara Croft in the forthcoming film 'Tomb Raider', also shared that she found training and muscle-building exercise for the role, empowering. "My mother, ...

International »

Merkel calls for Europe to step up to global challenges

Reuters, Berlin  :The European Union must develop a response to growing global political and economic pressures and this will be the spirit of an EU summit this week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday.Merkel pointed to the crisis in Syria and the growing importance of Asian economies as needing ...

City »


Editorial »

Ekushey tells us to be free and fearless against injustice

THE Nation celebrates 'Amar Ekushey' today with due solemnity and colourful festivities to remember the Martyrs of the 1952 Language Movement. It is a landmark occasion and a day of awakening in the history of Bengali people that gave us the clear realization that we have our own language and ...

Cricket »

Captain of Bangladesh National Cricket (ODI) team Mashrafe Bin Mortaza handing over a crest of honour to Hafiz Yasin Arafat at the Bashundhara International Convention Centre in the city recently. Yasin Arafat became Hafiz-e-Quran in 86 days. He was a student of Tanjimul Ummah Hifz Madrasah of Cox's Bazar. Ahlul Huffaz Foundation Bangladesh arranged the reception programme.

Sports »

Medalists in the ice dance, free dance figure skating (from left) : Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, of France (silver), Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada (gold) and Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani of the United States (bronze) pose during their medals ceremony at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Tuesday.

International »

Trump backs improved background checks on gun buys

US President Donald Trump signaled support Monday for improving background gun checks amid mounting pressure for reform in the wake of the Florida school shooting, as the accused gunman appeared in court.Nikolas Cruz, charged with killing 17 people, sat silently with his head bowed during a procedural hearing in Fort ...

Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Write a comment to this news