News Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the successful construction of the much-awaited Padma Bridge with its own finance helped Bangladesh to come out of dependency on others to conduct the country's development programmes.
"Some people of our country have a perception or mentality that we can't do anything without money from others. We had the mentality of dependency and narrowness. But now, we have come out of dependency to conduct development activities," she said.
The premier made the remark while replying to a volley of questions by newsmen in a press conference at her office in Dhaka.
After the withdrawal of funding from the Padma Bridge by the World Bank, she said, "We have decided to build the bridge by own finance and have been able to come out of the dependency on others."
The premier added: "We are a self-dignified nation. I am happy as we have proved that we can do it."
Mentioning that the Padma Bridge will be inaugurated on June 25 next, she said, "We were able to construct the Padma Bridge with the courage of the masses."
She said no compromises were made in maintaining the standard of the Padma Bridge during its construction.
"I hope no one can raise any question about the standard of the Padma Bridge and there is no base of such question," she added.
The prime minister called upon all to celebrate the grand opening of the Padma Bridge with patience so no untoward incident can take place.