RAJSHAHI, Jan 29, 2017 (BSS) - Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) here today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with India to conserve and develop the existing social, cultural, environmental and archeological infrastructures in the city.
Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Joint Secretary of Economic Relations Division Aminul Haque and Mayor-in-charge of RCC Nizam-Ul-Azim signed a tripartite MOU on behalf of their respective sides.
A project titled "Sustainable Development of the city through conservation and development of social, cultural, environmental and archeological infrastructures" will be implemented with an estimated cost of Taka 21.95 crore. Indian government will provide the project cost under the MOU.
To mark the ceremony, RCC accorded a civic reception to Indian High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan in its conference hall. State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam, MP, Fazle Hossain Badsha, MP, addressed the civic reception ceremony as chief and special guests respectively with mayor Azim in the chair.
In his remarks, Indian High Commissioner Vardhan Shringla said both India and Bangladesh maintain bilateral relations in various fields. I hope the cordial relations will remain exist in many more years ahead.
"We are now in a position to implement the MOU and take the projects work forward in a timely manner. I am confident that the RCC, which is entrusted with the task of implementing the project, will complete the work as early as possible so that these could provide added civic amenities to the local populace," he added.
Addressing the ceremony, State Minister Shahriar Alam termed the Bangladesh-India relations as cordial and long-lasting saying there are more other opportunities of improving the region after the best uses of the relation. He urged the Indian side to invest here for mutual benefit.
"We have to come forward and work together for development of the region and boosting regional communications for economic prosperity", he added.
The state minister said necessary steps will be taken for launching the Rajshahi-Maldah-Baharampur International Bus Service as early as possible.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)