Feni MP stops construction of WB-funded cyclone shelters

Dhaka,  Thu,  08 December 2016
Published : 27 Nov 2016, 23:57:15

Feni MP stops construction of WB-funded cyclone shelters

A lawmaker in Feni has stopped construction of cyclone shelters under a World Bank-funded project, alleging use of 'substandard materials,' reports bdnews24.com.

Project officials, however, claimed Feni-3 MP Rahim Ullah stopped the construction because there were no foundation stones. Usually most projects have foundation stones laid by the local MP or some other people's representative with their name on it.

The incident has been reported from Feni's Shonagazi Upazila. Cyclone centres, also used as schools, are being constructed at four villages of the Upazila.

The WB-funded project is being implemented by the local government engineering department (LGED).

On Saturday, the lawmaker visited all four sites, Project Coordinator Ratan Banik told the news agency.

He said the MP got into an argument with the WB project's representative Md Mohsin and the project supervisor Golam Rabbani at the construction site in Shulkhali village over the foundation stone, which are usually put up during inauguration of projects. "He slapped the two officials and his associates also physically assaulted them.

He then stopped the work and said it will only continue after activists of his party are appointed to oversee the construction at all four sites," said Banik.
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