Government is still looking for a new international airport.

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Present AL lead government planned to construct a new international airport, “Bangabandhu

Sheikh Mujib International Airport” at Arial Beel area of Munshiganj which they were

compelled to abandon amid violent protest from the locals.

Many analysts have been saying, at present the country don’t need any new airport. The

present Dhaka international airport is sufficient; they also say this airport’s full

capacity is still not being used and it possible to expand its capacity. In this situation

construction of a new airport would be wastage of government fund. Political opponents also

alleged that actually the ruling party wants to see an airport in the name of its leader

Sheikh Mujib.

But the government has been insisting that the country will need a new airport within ten

years, present Shahjalal International Airport will not be able to handle demand of those

coming days. So we should proceed.

Now the government has selected four sites including that controversial Arial Beel site

Other three sites are are Bhanga of Faridpur, Baghiar Beel of Madaripur-Gopalganj, and

Sirajdikhan of Munshiganj district.

Yesterday the cabinet discussed on the project, prime minister asked concerned authorities

to submit detailed proposals. It is not clear yet that which site is most likely to be

selected, but Bhanga of Faridpur, and Baghiar Beel of Madaripur-Gopalganj are supported by

some leaders because they believe this will help them in the equation of vote. While Tangail

and Mymensingh districts were not considered because that airspace is used by air force.

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Shihab Uddin Ahmed

Shihab Uddin Ahmed is with Dhaka News since 2011. He has long experience of writing on various issues for web medium. He has a master’s degree from Jagannath University. You can read his science articles in English and Bengali on

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