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Dhaka Thursday,  Oct 18, 2018

Second nuclear plant to be constructed in Barisal: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said the second nuclear power plant would be constructed in the southern part of the country.
“The government has already conducted survey in several islands in Barisal and we will choose any of those islands to construct the country’s next nuclear power plant,” the prime minister said this while inaugurating the Golden Jubilee programme of Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College (BSMC) through video conference from her Gonobhaban residence.
The prime minister said a feasibility study is also going on to supply gas from Bhola to Barisal aimed at flourishing industries in the region.
Sheikh Hasina said the the Paira Port will be turned into a deep sea port in future. Construction of a 1300 MW power plant is about to be completed, she said.
Health Minister Mohammad Nasim spoke on the occasion from BSMC premises while State Minister for Health and Family Welfare Zahid Malik was present at the Gonobhaban.
Later, the prime minister exchanged views with government officials, teachers and former students of the college and assured them of taking projects to resolve the residential problems of the teachers, students, nurses and staffs.
Pointing out her government’s plans for development of country’s southern part, the prime minister said the region was neglected for a long time. Barisal, once known as the ‘Shashya Bhandar’ (crop storage) and ‘Venice of Bangla’ has lost its glory due to negligence.
‘We want to regain the glory of Barisal through boosting agricultural production, industrialization and infrastructural development of the region,” she said.
The Padma Bridge along with rail line would play important role in socioeconomic development of Barisal, she said adding that the rail line on Padma Bridge would go up to Paira Port via Barisal. A feasibility study of the project, with the support of the British government, is being conducted, she added.

Sheikh Hasina said bridges are being constructed on Paira River, Bishkhali River and Agunmakha River to establish direct road communication from Barisal to Bhola and Barguna.
Sheikh Hasina said to ensure healthcare services for all the government has established 18,500 community clinics and union health centers across the country. Besides, the government has taken steps to ensure food security and nutrition for everyone.
The government has established institutes for treatment of kidney, neurology, cancer, ENT and ophthalmology, burn and plastic surgery as well as created post graduate nursing institutes to provide high quality nursing services to patients.

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