Quamrul Islam Siddique

(20 January 1945 - 01 September 2008)
The Founder Of LGED Bangladesh
Quamrul Islam Siddique
(20 January 1945 - 01 September 2008)

Mr. Quamrul Islam Siddique was a Civil Engineer and a Town and Regional Planner by profession. He worked for over 30 years in LGED which is a unique government organization entrusted with infrastructure development works throughout the whole country both in the urban and rural areas dealing with roads, waterways, irrigation and drainage. Mr. Siddique was a Prominent Freedom Fighter.

He was the President of Bangladesh Water Partnership and Immediate Past Chairman of South Asia Region of Global Water Partnership. He was also the Past President of the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB). He was past Executive Director of Dhaka Transport Coordination Board (DTCB) a planning and coordination authority for the urban transport of Dhaka Metropolitan City and was actively associated with different national and international organizations.

He made major improvement in the management efficiency of the Bangladesh Power Development Board. Later on, as Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Public Works he made a major review of the Master Plans of the four major cities (Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshahi and Khulna). Mr. Siddique has greatly contributed in improvement of management efficiency in the public sector.

He is Former Secretary, Jamuna Bridge Division under Ministry of Communications, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Public Works, Chairman, Privatization Commission, Chairman, Bangladesh Power Development Board and Chief Engineer, Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) in Bangladesh.

LGED has engineering set up in every Upazilas (465 Sub-districts), 64 districts and 6 Divisions with its HQ in Dhaka having resources of around Tk. 3000 crores (equivalent to US$ 500 Million) per year from the government as well as from the development partners like World Bank, ADB, JBIC, KFW and all other donor agencies operating in Bangladesh for implementation of all types of infrastructure development projects covering roads, waterways, irrigation and drainage, rural markets, floods and cyclone centers, schools, integrated urban infrastructure and slum improvement and energy development in rural areas through bio-gas and renewable resources.

Mr. Siddique has greatly contributed in improvement of management efficiency in the public sector. His main achievement was in improving the accountability and functional efficiency of the public sector organizations in the local governments, housing and public works and in the power sector. He also played important role in the privatization process of government owned enterprises while he was chairman of privatization Commission, Government of Bangladesh. He made major improvement in the management efficiency of the Bangladesh Power Development Board.

He is associated with many social and professional bodies at home and abroad and got awards for his public services.

E-mail: info@qisiddique.com Address: MIS Unit, LGED in association with family members of Late Engr. Quamrul Islam Siddique
Phone: 012-3456-7890 Website: www.qisiddique.com
Date of birth: 20 January 1945

এক নজরে প্রকৌশলী কামরুল ইসলাম সিদ্দিক:

জীবন ও কর্ম

গ্রামীণ অবকাঠামো উন্নয়ণের রূপকার কামরুল ইসলাম সিদ্দিক ১৯৪৫ সালের ২০ জানুয়ারি কুষ্টিয়ায় জন্মগ্রহণ করেন৷ পিতা কৃষিচিন্তক প্রয়াত নূরুল ইসলাম সিদ্দিক এবং রত্নগর্ভা মা বেগম হামিদা সিদ্দিকের দ্বিতীয় সন্তান সিদ্দিকের শৈশব ও শিক্ষা জীবনের প্রথম অধ্যায় কাটে লালন শাহ, রবীন্দ্রনাথ এবং মীর মশাররফ হোসেনের স্মৃতিধন্য কুষ্টিয়ায়৷
মেধাবী সিদ্দিক ১৯৬৬ সালে বুয়েট থেকে সিভিল ইঞ্জিনিয়ারিং ডিগ্রি লাভ করেন৷ ১৯৬৭ সালে জেলা পরিষদের সহকারী প্রকৌশলী হিসেবে জন্মশহর কুষ্টিয়াতেই তিনি কর্মজীবন শুরু করেন৷ একাত্তরের ৩০ এপ্রিল তিনি মহান মুক্তিযুদ্ধে যোগ দেন৷ পরে ভারতের 'বেতাই' ইয়ুথ ক্যাম্পে আশ্রয় গ্রহণ করেন৷ বৃহত্তর কুষ্টিয়া এবং পাবনা অঞ্চল নিয়ে গঠিত জোনাল কাউন্সিলের অন্যতম সহযোগী যোদ্ধা হিসেবে তিনি মুক্তিকামী যুবকদের সংগঠিত করে প্রাথমিক শিক্ষা ও প্রশিক্ষণ প্রদান করেন৷
'জোনাল ইঞ্জিনিয়ার' হিসেবে রাস্তা, ব্রিজ-কালভার্টের নকশা প্রণয়ন করে অপারেশনে সক্রিয়ভাবে সহযোগিতা করেন৷ ১৯৭৭ সালে যুক্তরাজ্যের শেফিল্ড বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় থেকে তিনি আরবান এন্ড রিজিওন্যাল প্ল্যানিংয়ে মাস্টার্স ডিগ্রি অর্জন করেন৷ দীর্ঘ তিন যুগ তিনি ওয়ার্কস প্রোগ্রামের উপ-প্রধান প্রকৌশলী, এলজিইবির প্রকৌশল উপদেষ্টা এবং এলজিইডির প্রতিষ্ঠাতা প্রধান প্রকৌশলী হিসেবে গ্রামীণ অবকাঠামো উন্নয়নে নিরলস পরিশ্রম করেছেন এবং গ্রামীণ অবকাঠামো উন্নয়নের মডেল হিসেবে এলজিইডিকে বিশ্বদরবারে উপস্থাপন করেছেন৷
১৯৯৯ সালের মে মাসে পিডিবির চেয়ারম্যান হিসেবে যোগদানের পূর্বপর্যন্ত প্রায় ৩৩ বছর উল্লেখিত পদসমূহে নিরলস দায়িত্ব পালন এবং গ্রামীণ অবকাঠামো উন্নয়নে ব্যাপক অবদান রেখে অবকাঠামো উন্নয়নের প্রবাদপুরুষে পরিণত হন৷ তিনি নগর ও আঞ্চলিক পরিকল্পনাবিদ হিসেবে খ্যাতি অর্জন করেন৷ কৃষি ক্ষেত্রে শুষ্ক মৌসুমে পানি সংরক্ষণ করে ইরি চাষের মাধ্যমে দেশের খাদ্যচাহিদা পুরণে অংশগ্রহণমূলক পানি ব্যবস্থাপনার ধারণায় তিনি বাংলাদেশে Ruber Dam স্থাপন এবং এই প্রযুক্তিকে জনপ্রিয় করেন৷
জেলা-উপজেলা-ইউনিয়নসমূহের Base Map প্রস্তুতির জন্য Geographic Information System (GIS) চালু করে তথ্য মাধ্যমে বিপ্লব সাধন করেন৷ জাইকার সাহায্যপুষ্ট আদর্শ গ্রামীণ উন্নয়ন প্রকল্প (MRDP) সহ গ্রামীণ রাস্তা, সেতু, সেচ ও নিষ্কাশন ব্যবস্থা, প্রাথমিক বিদ্যালয়, সমাজ উন্নয়ন ও সমবায় ট্রেনিং সেন্টার নির্মাণ, জরুরি দুর্যোগ প্রশমন কর্মসূচির আওতায় প্রয়োজনীয় বহুমুখী ঘূর্ণিঝড় আশ্রয়কেন্দ্র নির্মাণে তিনি সময়োপযোগী পদক্ষেপ গ্রহণ করেন৷ তিনি বিশ্বব্যাংক, Asian Development Bank, JBIC, KFW, Saudi Development Fund, OPEC Fund-এর সহায়তায় বহু প্রকল্প গ্রহণ এবং বাস্তবায়ন করেন৷ শীর্ষস্থানীয় উন্নয়ন সহযোগী প্রতিষ্ঠান-JICA, USAID, SIDA, SDC, DANIDA, NORAD, UNDP সহ অন্যান্য প্রতিষ্ঠানের আর্থিক সহায়তায় বহু উন্নয়নমূলক কাজ সম্পন্ন করেন৷
প্রয়াত কামরুল ইসলাম সিদ্দিক তাঁর দীর্ঘ কর্মময় জীবনে দেশে-বিদেশে অসংখ্য সভা-সেমিনারে অংশগ্রহণ করেছেন এবং লদ্ধজ্ঞাণ দেশের অবকাঠামো উন্নয়ণের কাজে ব্যবহার করেছেন৷ রিসোর্স-পার্সন হিসেবে তিনি ভারতের ব্যাঙ্গালোরে শক্তিখাত পুনর্গঠন ও বেসরকারিকরণ সেমিনার, কাঠমান্ডুতে অনুষ্ঠিত দক্ষিণ এশিয়ান শক্তি বিষয়ক সেমিনার, সরকারি প্রতিনিধি দলের সদস্য হিসেবে এশিয়ান উন্নয়ন ব্যাংকের সাথে ১০ম পাওয়ার প্রকল্প পরিদর্শন, জার্মানির সাথে দ্বি-পক্ষীয় পরামর্শসংক্রান্ত সভা, কলম্বোয় অনুষ্ঠিত SASTAC সভা, নেদারল্যান্ডস-এর আমস্টার্ডামে অনুষ্ঠিত Sustainable Development of Deltas, SDD 98 শীর্ষক আন্তর্জাতিক সভা, সুইডেনের স্টকহোমে অনুষ্ঠিত Consultative Group of the Global Water Partnership -এর বার্ষিক সভা, ফিলিপাইনের ম্যানিলায় অনুষ্ঠিত ৩য় গ্রামীণ অবকাঠামো উন্নয়ন প্রকল্প ১০ চুক্তি সংযোগকারী, যুক্তরাষ্ট্রের ওয়াশিংটন ডিসিতে বিশ্বব্যাংকের প্রধান কার্যালয়ে গ্রামীণ অবকাঠামোর ওপর অনুষ্ঠিত আন্তর্জাতিক সভা, ইতালির রোমে অনুষ্ঠিত Agricultural Diversification and Intensification -এ চুক্তি সংযোগকারী, ফিলিপাইনের ম্যানিলায় অনুষ্ঠিত TA 2564 BAN : Small Scale Water Renounces Beneficially Participation and Project Management-এর চুক্তি সংযোগকারী, Rural Roads Maintenance and Improvement Project-এ ঋণ চুক্তি সংযোগকারী হিসেবে বিশ্বব্যাংকের প্রধান কার্যালয় ওয়াশিংটন ডিসি গমন, মালয়েশিয়ার কুয়ালালামপুরে অনুষ্ঠিত Preparation for the Ministerial Conference of Infrastructure-এর Expert Group Meeting -এ যোগদান, ফিলিপাইনের ম্যানিলায় অনুষ্ঠিত 'RETA-5646-Urban Infrastructure Finance' শীর্ষক সেমিনারে যোগদান, সৌদি আরবের রিয়াদে অনুষ্ঠিত সৌদি সাহায্যে পরিচালিত প্রকল্পগুলোর পর্যালোচনা সভায় যোগদান, নেদারল্যান্ডস-এর হেগে অনুষ্ঠিত International Union of Local Authorities (IULA)-এর ৩২তম বিশ্ব কংগ্রেস 'বিকেন্দ্রীকরণ' সেশনে চেয়ারম্যান হিসেবে যোগদান, দক্ষিণ আফ্রিকার প্রিটোরিয়ায় অনুষ্ঠিত 'Road Maintenance Initiative Dissemination' শীর্ষক সেমিনারে যোগদান, যুক্তরাষ্ট্রের অ্যারিজোনা, ফিনিক্স ৮ম Road Federation (IRF) Executive Conference-এ যোগদান, ঢাকায় LGED ভবনে অনুষ্ঠিত Stake Holder Consultation on Bangladesh Water Vision for 2025 ঢাকায় অনুষ্ঠিত প্রথম Asian Technical Advisory Committee ISASTAC-এর Global Water Partnership-এর সভা, Regional Expert Consultation on Integrated Water Renounces বিষয়ক সেমিনার, বাংলাদেশের কক্সবাজারে অনুষ্ঠিত দুর্যোগ ব্যবস্থাপনা সমন্বয় শীর্ষক প্রথম জাতীয় কর্মশালায় যোগদান, চীনের বেইজিংয়ে অনুষ্ঠিত 'Food Aid for Development in Asia and the Pacific Region' শীর্ষক ৩০তম WFP কনফারেন্সে যোগদান, আফ্রিকার মালাউয়িতে অনুষ্ঠিত 'International Forum for Rural Transport and Development' (IFRTD) শীর্ষক আফ্রিকা অঞ্চলের আঞ্চলিক কনফারেন্সে এশিয়া অঞ্চলের প্রতিনিধি হিসাবে যোগদান, বাংলাদেশ সরকার ও UNICEF প্রতিনিধি দলের সদস্য হিসেবে 'ওরাঙ্গ পাইলট প্রজেক্ট' এবং করাচির 'আগা খান বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়' পরিদর্শন, ILO-এর আনুকূল্যে 'Donors Support Meeting for Special Public Works Programme'-এ বাংলাদেশ সরকারের প্রতিনিধি হিসেবে জেনেভায় গমন, যুক্তরাজ্যের ক্যামব্রিজে অনুষ্ঠিত 'Advanced Management Training'-এ যোগদান, দক্ষিণ কোরিয়ার সিউলে অনুষ্ঠিত 'Rural Center Planning'-এর ওপর আন্তর্জাতিক সেমিনারে যোগদান, কমনওয়েলথ ফাউন্ডেশনের পৃষ্ঠপোষকতায় কুমিল্লার বার্ডে অনুষ্ঠিত আন্তর্জাতিক সেমিনারে 'সমন্বিত গ্রামীণ উন্নয়ন'-এ যোগদান, 'বার্ড' UNDP-ILO কুমিল্লা কর্তৃক আয়োজিত 'Labour Intensive Public Works Program' বিষয়ের ওপর উপ-আঞ্চলিক কর্মশালায় যোগদান এবং ট্রেনিং পরিচালনাসহ শতাধিক আন্তর্জাতিক সেমিনারে অংশগ্রহণ করেছেন এবং বাংলাদেশের গ্রামীণ অবকাঠামো উন্নয়নের সাফল্য বিশ্বদরবারে মডেল হিসেবে উপস্থাপন করেছেন৷ জনাব সিদ্দিক তাঁর পেশাগত দায়িত্ব পালন ছাড়াও বহু সামাজিক কর্মকাণ্ডের সাথে জড়িত ছিলেন৷

প্রয়াত সিদ্দিক Bangladesh Power Development Board-এর সভাপতি, Bangladesh Renewable Energy Association-এর সভাপতি, Bangladesh Forum for Urban Development-এর সভাপতি, Engineering Staff College of Bangladesh-এর Governing Body-এর Conveyor, আহ্ছানিয়া মিশন ক্যান্সার হাসপাতাল নির্মাণ কমিটির সভাপতি, সিদ্দিক'স ফাউন্ডডেশন, কুষ্টিয়ার সভাপতি, বেগম হামিদা সিদ্দিক কলেজিয়েট স্কুলের সভাপতি, ঢাকাস্থ কুষ্টিয়া জেলা সমিতির সভাপতি, গুলশান সোসাইটির সহ-সভাপতি, Eye Care Society-এর সহ-সভাপতি, কাজী আবু মোকাররম ফজলুল বারী ইসলামিক ফাউন্ডেশন সেন্টারের উপদেষ্টা ও ২০০২-'০৩ মেয়াদে ইনস্টিটিউশন অব ইঞ্জিনিয়ার্স, বাংলাদেশের (আইইবি) তিনি নির্বাচিত সভাপতির দায়িত্ব পালন করেন৷
তিনি BMSRI এবং BIRDEM-এর আজীবন সদস্য৷ স্ত্রী সাবেরা সিদ্দিক একজন দায়িত্ববান গৃহিণী হিসেবে সবসময়ই স্বামীর কর্মকাণ্ডে অনুপ্রেরণা দিয়েছেন৷ একমাত্র ছেলে সাইফুল ইসলাম সিদ্দিক আইটি বিশেষজ্ঞ৷ বড় মেয়ে আরিফা সিদ্দিক ব্যবসায় প্রশাসনে উচ্চশিক্ষিত, মেজো মেয়ে মারেফা সিদ্দিক যুক্তরাষ্ট্র থেকে চিকিত্‍সা বিজ্ঞানে স্নাতক ডিগ্রী অর্জন শেষে বর্তমানে উচ্চশিক্ষায় পাঠরত৷ ছোট মেয়ে তাসনিমা সিদ্দিক ব্র্যাক ইউনিভার্সিটিতে আইন বিষয়ে পড়ছেন৷ বড়জামাই হুমায়ূন কবীর বাবলু বেঙ্গল প্লাস্টিক লিঃ এর ব্যবস্থাপনা পরিচালক এবং আরটিভির পরিচালক৷
ধর্মপরায়ণ ও সংস্কৃতিবান কামরুল ইসলাম সিদ্দিক ছিলেন প্রকৃতিপ্রেমী অন্তপ্রাণ৷ লালনসঙ্গীত ছিল তাঁর অবসরের প্রিয় শ্রবণ৷ তিনি আমৃতু্য কুষ্টিয়াস্থ বারোশরীফ দরবার ও মসজিদ কমিটির প্রধান উপদেষ্টা হিসেবে আধ্যাত্মবাদের মর্মবাণী প্রচারে আকুল ছিলেন৷
কাজের উল্লেখযোগ্য অবদানের স্বীকৃতিস্বরূপ প্রয়াত এই গুণি প্রকৌশলী ভাসানী স্বর্ণপদক (১৯৯৫), কবি জসীম উদ্দীন স্বর্ণপদক (১৯৯৫), আইইবি স্বর্ণপদক (১৯৯৮), সিআর দাস স্বর্ণপদক (১৯৯৯), আব্বাস উদ্দীন স্বর্ণপদক (১৯৯৯), শেরেবাংলা স্বর্ণপদক (২০০০), বঙ্গবন্ধু প্রকৌশলী স্বর্ণপদক (২০০০), জাইকা মেরিট অ্যাওয়ার্ড (২০০০), বিএসিই সিলভার জুবিলি অ্যাওয়ার্ডসহ অসংখ্য পুরস্কারে ভূষিত হয়েছেন৷ যুক্তরাষ্ট্রের ইনস্টিটিউট অব সিভিল ইঞ্জিনিয়ার্স ফেলোশিপ অ্যাওয়ার্ডধারী প্রকৌশলী সিদ্দিককে বাংলাদেশের সড়ক যোগাযোগের ক্ষেত্রে উল্লেখযোগ্য অবদানের জন্য বিশ্বব্যাংক ১৯৯৯ সালে ইন্টারন্যাশনাল রোড ফেডারেশন কতর্ৃক পার্সন অব দ্য ইয়ারএ ভূষিত হন৷ ২০০৩-২০০৪ মেয়াদে কামরুল ইসলাম সিদ্দিক Global Water Partnership-South Asia Region-এর প্রথম চেয়ারপার্সন নির্বাচিত হন৷
উন্নয়ণব্যাক্তিত্ব কামরুল ইসলাম সিদ্দিক ১ সেপ্টেম্বর ২০০৮ যুক্তরাষ্ট্রে তার ছেলের বাসভবনে হৃদযন্ত্রের ক্রিয়া বন্ধ হয়ে মৃতু্যবরণ করেন৷ মৃতু্যকালে তার বয়স হয়েছিল ৬৩ বছর৷ মৃতু্যর পূর্ব পর্যন্ত Bangladesh Water Partnership (BWP) এবং Bangladesh National Forum for Rural Transport Development-এর প্রেসিডেন্টের নির্ধারিত দায়িত্ব পালনসহ এলজিইডির সার্বিক উন্নয়ণমূলক কর্মকাণ্ডের সঙ্গে নিজেকে সম্পৃক্ত রেখে এলজিইডির সকল কর্মকর্তা-কর্মচারীদের আত্মার ভালোবাসায় জারিত হয়েছেন৷
রবীন্দ্রনাথের- মানুষ নির্মাণ করে প্রয়োজনে, সৃষ্টি করে আনন্দে, বুদ্ধির পরিচয় দেয় জ্ঞানে, যোগ্যতার পরিচয় দেয় কৃতিত্বে, নিজের পরিচয় দেয় সৃষ্টিতে৷ কামরুল ইসলাম সিদ্দিক ছিলেন এই মর্মবাণীর প্রতিবিম্ব৷ তাঁর তত্ত্বাবধানে ঐতিহাসিক রেসকোর্স ময়দানের একাংশে মুক্তিযুদ্ধের ভাস্কর্য নির্মাণ কাজ শুরু হয়েছিল কিন্তু সময়াভাবে তিনি সেই মহান কাজটি নিজ দায়িত্বে সম্পন্ন করে যেতে পারেননি৷ ঢাকা শহরের বিধ্বস্ত আইল্যান্ড, জীর্ণ ফুটপাত, অবৈজ্ঞানিক ট্রাফিক, শীর্ণ গাছের অন্তর কান্না, দুর্বল সিগন্যাল ব্যবস্থা, অপ্রয়োজনীয় গোলচক্কর, নিয়ন বাতির স্বল্পতা- তিনি ঢাকা ট্রন্সপোর্ট কো-অর্ডিনেশন বোর্ডের চেয়ারম্যানের দায়িত্ব নিয়ে এই দৃশ্যপট পরিবর্তনে অনবদ্য ভূমিকা পালন করেছিলেন৷ তাঁর ছোঁয়ায় এলজিইডির মাধ্যমে বাংলাদেশের গ্রামীণ অবকাঠামো উন্নয়ন বিশ্বে একটি মডেল হিসেবে বিবেচিত হয়েছে৷
তাঁর সুদক্ষ পরিচালনায় পিডিবি পেয়েছিল নতুন আলোর সন্ধান, তাঁর যুগোপযোগী কর্মকাণ্ডে পূর্ত মন্ত্রণালয় জেগে উঠেছিল নতুন স্বপ্নের আবির নিয়ে; সবশেষে প্রাইভেটাইজেশন কমিশনের কর্মকাণ্ড নিয়েও নতুনভাবে চিন্তার সূত্রপাত করেছিলেন৷ সেই ব্যক্তিত্বের মৃতু্যতে দেশ-জাতি সর্বোপরি এলজিইডি পরিবার এক মহান সুহৃদকে হারলো৷ এই ক্ষতি পুরণ হবার নয় ৷ এই ক্ষত শুকাবার নয়৷ তবে তিনি আমাদের সবার হৃদয়ে বেঁচে থাকবেন চিরদিন, চিরকাল৷ আমরা তাঁর আত্মার শান্তি কামনা করছি এবং শোকসন্তপ্ত পরিবারকে গভীর সমবেদনা জানাচ্ছি৷

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Quamrul Islam Siddique

: Life Sketch

Quamrul Islam Siddique, the architect of rural infrastructure development, was born in Khushtia district of Bangladesh on 20th January 1945. He was the second child of Late Nurul Islam Siddique and Begum Hamida Siddique, mother of distinguished children. He spent his childhood and primary education in Kushtia, the memorial place of Lalon Shah, Rabindronath Tagor and Mir Mosharraf Hosain. In 1966 meritorious Siddique completed his civil engineering degree from BUET. In 1967 he starts his career as an Assistant Engineer in Works Programme Kushtia. On 30th April 1971, he joined the liberation war. Later he took shelter in a youth camp named ‘Betai’ in India. As one of the best fellow-soldier of zonal council covering greater Kushtia and Pabna region, he organized the newcomers in the Salvation Army and prepares them with fundamental training and instruction. As a zonal engineer he actively co-operate in the war by making designs of many road and bridges. In 1977 he earned the degree of Master of Urban and Regional Planning from University of Sheffield, U.K. He worked hard for over 30 years in works programme as Deputy Chief Engineer, in Local Government Engineering Bureau (LGEB) as Engineering Adviser and in Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) as Founder Chief Engineer. He diligently worked for rural infrastructure development which made the ideal person of infrastructure development. He presents LGED to the world as a model of rural infrastructure development. To fulfill our food demand he brought the Ruber Dam technology by which farmers can reserve water to cultivate IRRI in dry season. He took revolutionary step to establish Geographical Information System (GIS) to design base map of district, upazilla and union of Bangladesh. He took immediate step in rural area development to build roads, bridges, sanitation, primary school, co-operative society training center and various cyclone shelters. He took and completed many project in assistance of World Bank, Asian Development Bank, JBIC, KFW, Saudi Development Fund and OPEC Fund. He fulfilled various development works in assistance of JICA, USAID, SIDA, SDC, DANIDA, NORAD and UNDP. In his entire life he attended many seminar and meeting and applied those experiences and knowledge, in infrastructure development of this country. As a resource person he attended seminar on ‘Power Sector Reform and Privatization’ held in Bangalore, India, attended conference on ‘Energy South Asia’ held in Katmandu, Nepal, visited Manila as a member of Government delegation for loan negotiation of 10th Power Project with Asian Development Bank, visited Germany for bilateral consultations, attended SASTAC meeting held in Colombo, attended the international conference on “Sustainable Development of Deltas, SDD ‘98” in Amsterdam, Netherlands, attended the annual meeting of the Consultative Group of the Global Water Partnership in Stockholm, Sweden, attended Contract Negotiation of Third Rural Infrastructure Development Project held in Manila, The Philippines, participated in the International Workshop on Rural Infrastructure held in the World Bank HQ, Washington D.C., USA, attended Contract Negotiation of Agricultural Diversification and Intensification Project held in Rome, Italy, participated in Contract Negotiation of TA 2564 BAN: Small Scale Water Resources Beneficiary Participation and Project Management held in Manila, The Philippines, participated in the Loan Negotiation of Rural Roads Maintenance and Improvement Project in The World Bank HQ., Washington D.C., USA, participated in the Expert Group Meeting on Preparation for the Ministerial Conference on Infrastructure, held in Kualalampur, Malaysia, attended “RETA-5646-Urban Infrastructure Finance Seminar” held in Manila, The Philippines, participated in the Review Meeting of the Projects with Saudi Fund, held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, attended 32nd World Congress of the International Union of Local Authorities (IULA) held in Hague, Netherlands, participated in the Seminar on “Road Maintenance initiative Dissemination” held in Pretoria, South Africa, attended "The Eighth International Road Federation (IRF) Executive Training Conference" in Phoenix, Arizona USA, attended Stakeholder Consultation on Bangladesh Water Vision for 2025, held in LGED Bhaban, Dhaka, attended 1st South Asian Technical Advisory Committee (SASTAC), Meeting of Global Water Partnership held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, attended Regional Expert Consultation on Integrated Water Resources held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, participated in the First National Workshop on Disaster Management Co-ordination held at Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, attended the 30th WFP Conference on "Food Aid for Development in Asia and the Pacific Region" held in Beijing, China, attended the regional Conference of Africa Region on "International Forum for Rural Transport and Development (IFRTD)" held in Malawi, Africa as a representative from Asia Zone, visited Orangi Pilot Project and the Aga Khan University in Karachi as member of Bangladesh Government and UNICEF delegation, represented Bangladesh Govt. in the ILO sponsored Donors Support Meeting for Special Public Works Programme, held in Geneva, participated in Advanced Management training in the Ashridge College of Management, U.K., participated in the International Seminar on Rural Centre Planning held at Seoul, South Korea, participated in the International Seminar on Integrated Rural Development held under the auspices of Commonwealth Foundation at BARD, Comilla, conducted training in the UNDP – ILO Sub Regional workshop on Labour Intensive Public Works Programme held at BARD, Comilla and participated over hundred international seminar and present the model of success of rural infrastructure development of Bangladesh to the world. Apart from professional responsibility, Mr. Siddique was involved in many social works as well.

Late Mr. Siddique was Chairman of Bangladesh Power Development Board, Past Chairperson of Bangladesh Renewable Energy Association, President of Bangladesh Forum for Municipal and Urban Development, Conveyor of Governing Body of Engineering Staff College of Bangladesh, Adviser of Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital, President of Siddique Foundation, Kushtia, Bangladesh, President of Begum Hamida Siddique Collegiate School, President of Kushtia District Committee, Dhaka, Vice President of Gulshan Society, Vice President of Bangladesh Eye Care Society (BECS), Adviser of Kazi Abu Mokarram Fazlul Bari Islamic Foundation Center and President of Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB). He is Life Member of BMSRI and BIRDEM. As a responsible housewife, Mrs. Sabera Siddique always inspire his work. The only son Saiful Islam Siddique is an IT Specialist. Elder daughter Arifa Siddique is highly educated in business management. After graduation on Medical Science from United States, Middle daughter Marefa Siddique now studying higher education. Younger daughter Tasnima Siddique studying law in Brac University. Elder son-in-law Humayun Kabir Bablu is the MD of Bengal Plastic Ltd. and Director of RTV.

He was always devoted to his religion. His entire life he worked for Kushtia Baro Sharif Dorbar and Mosque as a chief advisor. Lalon Songs was always his favorite. He is associated with many social and professional bodies at home and abroad and got awards for his public services. He receive Bhashani Gold Medal in 1995, Poet Jasimuddin Gold Medal in 1995, Institution of Engineers (Bangladesh), Dhaka Center Medal in 1998, CR Das Gold Medal in 1999, Nominated by the World Bank for International Road Federation (IRF) ‘Person of the Year' in 1999, Abbasuddin Gold Medal in 1999, Sher-e-Bangla Gold Medal in 2000, JICA Merit Award in 2000, Bangladesh Association of Consulting Engineers (BACE) Silver Jubilee Award in 2000. He was elected as first chairperson of GWP-South Asia- Regional Water Partnership during 2003-2004.

The architect of rural infrastructure development, Quamrul Islam Siddique died on 1st September 2008 at his son’s house in New Jersey, USA by heart attack. He was 63 years old. Till death he was doing his duties as a president of Bangladesh Water Partnership (BWP) and Bangladesh Forum for Municipal and Urban Development (BFMUD). He started the construction of the sculpture of liberation war on part of the racecourse field but could not finish by himself. During his period of service of Dhaka Transport Coordination Board, he changed the poor looking island, light and road structure of Dhaka city. During his responsibility, he took revolutionary steps in every sector whether it is Power Development Board or Ministry of Housing and Public Works or Privatization Commission. On such demise of him, Bangladesh lost her golden son and LGED family lost their guardian. Such loss cannot be filled. But he was, he is and he will always be alive in our heart. We convey our deep condolence to his bereaved family and pray to Almighty Allah for the salvation of his departed soul.

Professional Affiliation

  • Professional Engineer (PEng) awarded by Bangladesh Professional Engineers' Registration Board ( BPERB)
  • Immediate Past President, Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB)
  • Past Chairperson, GWP-South Asia Regional Water Partnership (GWP-SAS-RWP)
  • Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers (F. ASCE)
  • Fellow, Institution of Civil Engineers, UK (FICE)
  • Fellow, Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (FIEB)
  • Life Member, Indian Road Congress (IRC)
  • Life Member, Bangladesh Institute of Planners (BIP)
  • Past Chairperson, Bangladesh Renewable Energy Association
  • Conveyor of Governing Body, Engineering Staff College of Bangladesh
  • President, Begum Hamida Siddique Collegiate School
  • Social Affiliation

  • Life Member, Governing Body, Bangladesh Medical Studies & Research Institute (BMSRI), Dhaka
  • Life Member, Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation in Diabetic Endocrine and Metabolic Disorder (BIRDEM), Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Adviser, Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital
  • Member, JICA Alumni Association, Bangladesh
  • Life Member, Bangladesh Institute of Law and International Affairs(BILIA)
  • President, Siddique Foundation, Kushtia, Bangladesh
  • Vice President, Bangladesh Eye Care Society (BECS)
  • President, Kushtia District Committee, Dhaka
  • Vice President, Gulshan Society
  • Adviser, Kazi Abu Mokarram Fazlul Bari Islamic Foundation Center
  • Professional Affiliation

    Designation Responsibilities
    President Bangladesh Water Partnership (BWP) From 1998-till to date
  • Facilitating in policy reform in the implementation of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in the water sector in Bangladesh.
  • Responsible for fostering IWRM concept in water sector in Bangladesh through dissemination of knowledge and holding multi-stakeholders consultations, seminars and conferences at local (basin) and national level.
  • Guiding BWP Secretariat in implementation of workprogramme of Bangladesh Water Partnership.
  • Conducting Executive Committee (EC) and Annual General Meeting of BWP.
  • Ensuring participation from Bangladesh in various regional and global workshop and conferences under the umbrella of Global Water Partnership.
  • President Bangladesh Forum for Municipal and Urban Development (BFMUD) From 2003-till to date
  • Help formulation and promotion of national urban policies in Bangladesh.
  • Promoting coordination among various water utilities and municipalities and professional development of urban development of urban specialists.
  • Conducting the Executive Committee and General Meeting of BFMUD.
  • Supporting integrated and sustainable urban development.
  • Chairperson GWP-South Asia- Regional Water Partnership (GWP-SAS) From: 1st Jan, 2003 –Dec, 2004
  • Responsible to translate the general principles for sustainable water resources management as evolved from the Dublin/Rio principles into facilitative instruments for action including development of effective solutions to problems common to integrated water resources management (IWRM), suggestions for practical policies and best practices in the South Asia region covering countries - India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, SriLanka, Bhutan and Maldives.
  • Strengthen transparent mechanisms for sharing information and experience.
  • Coordinate its activities in water resources management with those of other organisations.
  • Establish contacts through which to interact with GWP partners in other regions.
  • Identify the demands for strategic assistance for sustainable water resources management and propose programmes to meet this demand and monitor such programmes.
  • Promote exchange of experience and know-how within water resources management from the international level to the regional and country levels, as well as between different regions.
  • Undertakes such other activities that are relevant to the achievement of the programs in hand.
  • Carry out such other functions as may be necessary and appropriate to achieve the goals of South Asia Water Vision 2025.
  • Capacity Building of various water resources organisations in the region.
  • Executive Director Dhaka Transport Coordination Board From 15 June, 2002-10 October, 2004 Responsible for planning and coordinating all transport related activities including policy formulation, institutional development and investment in transport infrastructure covering an investment of US$ 120 million funded by World Bank and established the framework for 20 years Strategic Transport Plan for the Dhaka city done by Louis Berger Intl. Inc., USA.
    President Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) From: 24 March, 2002 to 30 December, 2003
  • Responsible for promotion and advancement of the science, practice and business of engineering in all its branches throughout Bangladesh and abroad. Promote efficiency in the engineering practices and profession.
  • Regulate the professional activities and assist in maintaining high standards in the general conduct of its members.
  • Promote the study of engineering with a view to disseminating information obtained, for facilitating scientific, engineering and economic development of Bangladesh.
  • Cooperate with various Government Agencies and industrial and Commercial Enterprises connected with engineering and advising them in matters concerning the profession and practices of engineering and promotion of technical education.
  • Encourage original research in engineering and conservation and economic utilisation of the country’s materials and resources.
  • Foster Human Resources Development (HRD) through various trainings in the field of engineering throughout the country.
  • Foster coordination with similar institutions in other countries and engineering universities, institutions and colleges in Bangladesh and in other countries, for mutual benefits in furthering the objects of the Institution.
  • Foster Human Resources Development (HRD) through various trainings in the field of engineering throughout the country.
  • Foster coordination with similar institutions in other countries and engineering universities, institutions and colleges in Bangladesh and in other countries, for mutual benefits in furthering the objects of the Institution.
  • Chairman Privatisation Commission Prime Minister’s Office 11 Sept, 2001-15 Nov, 2001
  • Responsible for privatisation of state owned enterprises (SOEs)
  • Prepared privatisation policy for disinvestment of SOE’s Mobilised support from World Bank, ADB, DFID and JBIC for funding support for the privatization of sick industries.
  • Secretary Ministry of Housing & Public Works, From: 10 July, 2000 to 10 Sept, 2001
  • Responsible for administration and control of the Secretariat and all concerned departments, agencies and various Urban Development Authorities (UDAs) and offices working under the Ministry of Housing and Public Works.
  • Formulation of Policies and Programmes for Housing & Settlement, Best Use of Land for sustainable Urbanization and Control, Management and Disposal of Government's Abandoned Property and Buildings. Implementation of Government policies and programmes through all concerned departments, agencies and various Urban Development Authorities.
  • Development, Construction and Maintenance of all Public Works including public housing, arboriculture and landscaping in the Government buildings. Town Planning, land development and housing through RAJUK (Capital Development Authority) and other City Development Authorities.
  • Administration of Public Works and Building Construction Act for the control of various Urban Development Authorities.
  • Responsible for disposal, acquisition, relinquishing, leasing and licensing of all Government Lands and buildings.
  • Responsible for providing architectural services to housing and building projects of the Government, Public Sector Agencies and assisting different agencies of the Government for their architectural and planning needs. Design and construction of monuments of national importance through Department of Architecture.
  • Responsible for providing residential accommodation of Government Officials and staff and control, management and disposal of Government’s abandoned properties and buildings.
  • Responsible for Town planning and development of cities and slum improvement in the poor urban settlements.
  • Responsible for conducting innovative research on housing & building technologies and building materials and human resources development as well as providing construction material testing services for other organizations and agencies through Housing and Building Research Institute.
  • Responsible for human resources development (HRD) and training to all concerned departments, agencies and various Urban Development Authorities (UDAs) and offices working under the Ministry.
  • Responsible for monitoring progress of all project works of all concerned departments, agencies and various Urban Development Authorities (UDAs) and offices under the Ministry.
  • Responsible for liaison with international organizations and matters relating to treaties and agreements with other countries and world bodies and making effective participation in International meetings and conferences on Habitat matters.
  • Responsible for improving access to Housing Finance by Middle and Lower Income Group People.
  • Secretary Jamuna Bridge Division, Ministry of Communication From: 19 June to July 5, 2000
  • Overviewed the activities of the Jamuna Bridge Division specially operation and maintenance of 4.8 KM long bridge (world’s eleventh largest bridge) built at a cost of US$ 950 Million funded by World Bank, ADB, JBIC and Government of Bangladesh.
  • Chairman Bangladesh Power Development Board From:17 May,1999-June 5, 2000.
  • As Chief Executive of Bangladesh Power Development Board,(BPDB), (the largest Power utility in Bangladesh) responsible for generation, transmission and distribution of electricity throughout the country with an annual financial investment of US$ 500 Million.
  • Responsible for improving the power situation in the country and enhancing institutional capacity building of BPDB in order to turn it to an efficient public utility of the country.
  • Responsible for administration and training of the personnel of BPDB comprising of 2500 engineers and 26,000 staff operating 18 power stations generating 3000 MW power through national grid, having 3075 KM transmission and 30,000 KM distribution lines.
  • Responsible for performance monitoring of all power plants in the country.
  • Lead project formulation and negotiation team with Government and International Agencies including Private lenders for Power Projects and mobilize resources.
  • Chief Engineer and Head Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) From 1992 - 1999
  • Responsible for implementing rural and urban infrastructure development programmes spread over the whole country with an annual financial investment of US$ 350 Million. The rural development program included government financed and donor supported projects – Improvement of rural and urban roads and other infrastructures like markets, schools, flood and cyclone shelters. Implemented First Phase 80 sub-projects throughout the country providing water control and water management infrastructures benefiting 50,000 ha land. The project was followed by ADB-Netherlands supported Small Scale Water Resources Development Sector Programme (SSWRDSP) with a seven year investment plan providing US $ 78 million to implement 400 small scale sub-projects in 61 districts of Bangladesh to extend local water resource control and management facilities towards increased agricultural production in 180,000 ha lands. The project component includes institutionalization of beneficiary participation, development of small-scale water control systems and strengthening institutional development and capacity building for the water user groups.
  • Took lead role in introducing ‘Rubber Dam Technology’ for the first time in Bangladesh through construction of 12 Rubber Dams to conserve water in channel storages of small and medium rivers for the principal purpose of irrigation during dry months.
  • Established first ever GIS (Geographic Information System) based Infrastructure planning network for all 460 Upazilas (Sub-district) and 64 District with the support from ICIMOD (International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development based in Katmandu) and funds from SIDA and Disaster Management Centre of University of Tokyo. Responsible for administration and training of the Department's (LGED) personnel comprising of 600 engineers and 10,000 staff working throughout the country at Thana (Sub-district), District and National level.
  • Negotiated and implemented large number of infrastructure development projects funded by Govt. of Bangladesh, IDA, ADB, GOB, KFW, OECF (now JBIC), SIDA, NORAD, DANIDA, GTZ, SDC, JICA, OPEC, CIDA, UNICEF, USAID, Saudi Fund and IFAD. Led numerous project formulation and negotiation teams with Government and international agencies and presented papers on decentralization, local resources mobilization and participatory development planning process. Has extensive work experience in water management, drainages and irrigation and institutional development for water resources and rural and urban infrastructure projects.
  • Responsible for monitoring of the progress of all rural and urban infrastructure and water resources projects under the department throughout the country.
  • Established major technical co-operation and project funding with government of Japan through JICA and OECF (now JBIC) in building rural roads, bridges irrigation and drainage facilities, community centres, rural schools, construction of multipurpose cyclone shelters in the coastal areas and procurement of construction equipment from Japan. Initiated Technical Training Programme for LGED engineers both in Bangladesh and Japan through JICA Technical Assistance Programme and sponsored JICA experts and JOVC Volunteers to work in LGED and BPDB for technical partnership and technology transfer.
  • Engineering Adviser Local Government Engineering Bureau (LGEB) From: 1985-1992
  • Responsible for implementing rural and urban infrastructure development programme throughout the country. Rural infrastructure development programmes included the SIDA-NORAD assisted Infrastructure Development Project (IDP) containing component for rural water resources development and management scheme involving construction of embankment and regulating structures for flood management and water conservation, re-excavation deteriorated natural drainage channels for drainage improvement and water logging removal. The project implemented 63 sub-projects to cover 21,000 ha lands. Also responsible for supervision of all development projects implemented by LGEB (now LGED) and training of staff.
  • Deputy Chief Engineer Rural Works Programme & Superintending Engineer, Urban Works Programme The Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Co operatives From: 1977-1985
  • Responsible for planning, programming and supervision of rural and urban public works implemented by the Municipalities and local bodies throughout Bangladesh.
  • Preparation of project proposals for Urban Works Programme and reviewing project proposals submitted by the Municipalities.
  • Reviewed small irrigation feasibility studies in the six districts of Bangladesh prepared by PRC ECI Inc., USA.
  • Reviewed rural roads feasibility studies in four districts of Bangladesh prepared by Louis Berger Int. Inc., USA.
  • Advised Municipalities on urban planning including integrated metropolitan planning for the Dhaka Municipal Corporation.
  • Involved in the implementation of the Canal Digging Program (CDP) as the head of the Works Program Wing (WPW) consisting of re-excavation of canal and construction of sluice/regulator and beneficiary participation for operation and maintenance.
  • Post Graduate Fellow The University of Sheffield, England From: 1976-1977
  • Studied Masters in Town and Regional Planning in the University of Sheffield, UK.
  • Executive Engineer Ministry of Local Government, Govt. of Bangladesh From: 1975-1976
  • Responsible for planning, programming and supervision of rural and urban public works projects like construction of roads, bridges, small irrigation structures and water conveyance system, construction of rural markets and allied physical facilities.
  • Executive Engineer & Head The Public Works Department, Khulna Municipality From: 1972-75
  • Responsible for planning, design and construction of large number of city roads, bridges, buildings, community centres, parks and playgrounds, water supply installations, street lighting and conservancy services. Reviewed tender bids and awarded contracts. Prepared development plans for the city and was responsible for co-ordination with other planning and service organisations, like Khulna Development Authority, Roads and Highways and Public Works Department.
  • 7 March, 1971- 11 Dec, 1971
  • Took part in Bangladesh War of Liberation.
  • Executive Engineer (Works Programme) and District Engineer, Kushtia Bangladesh, 1967-72
  • Responsible for planning, design and implementation of rural public works related to much-needed infrastructure like roads, bridges/culverts, irrigation and drainage channels, rural markets in the rural areas and management and training of the field staff.
  • Provide technical assistance for planning, scrutinizing and implementation of irrigation schemes by the Union Parishads and the Thana Parishads under the Thana Irrigation Programme (TIP).
  • Assistant Engineer Works Programme Kushtia, 1967
  • Assisted in implementing rural public works in the district of Kushtia.
  • Seminar & Meeting

    Date Description of Professional Visits / Seminars / Training
    3-4 December, 2007
  • Participated in the Asia Pacific Water Summit (APWS) as Steering Committee Member and President, Bangladesh Water Partnership held in Beppu in Oita Prefecture in Japan from 3-4 December, 2007, led delegation from South Asia. Spoke in various sessions like water utilities experience in Asian cities, 'Streams of Knowledge' session on the role of sanitation and civil society, session on ' Kyoto to Copenhagen' on climate change organized the Danish Ministry of Development and gave interview in two Japanese Newspapers ( The Yumuri Shimbum and The Shankein Shimbum ) on water issues in Bangladesh and South Asia.
  • 24-26 November, 2007
  • Participated in the Inter-Regional Meeting of Global Water Partnership held in Manila from 24-26 November, 2007 and facilitated the regional cooperation between GWP-South Asia and GWP-China.
  • 3-5 November, 2007
  • Participated and presented keynote paper on ‘ Transparency and Integrity in Water Sector in South Asia in the South Asia Regional Workshop on ‘ Transparency and Integrity in the water sector’ held in Dhaka from 3-5 Nov, 2007 at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel organized by Transparency International Bangladesh.
  • 4-6 November, 2007
  • Presented keynote paper on ‘ Gender, Poverty and Infrastructure’ in the Regional Seminar of Asian Development Bank on ‘ Gender, Poverty and Infrastructure’ held on 4-6, 2007 at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, Dhaka.
  • 23-24 April, 2007
  • Participated in the ADB – GWP Workshop on South Asia Water Utility Network in Islamabad, Pakistan.
  • 21-22 April, 2007
  • Participated in the Regional Council Meeting of GWP-South Asia held in Islamabad, Pakistan.
  • 29-30 March, 2007
  • Participated in the First Steering Committee Meeting of Asia Pacific Water Summit (APWS) held in Tokyo.
  • 1-3 Dec, 2006
  • Participated in the General Assembly and Round Table Discussion on ' Water productivity' and ' Access to Water' organized by GWP-South Asia held at Colombo, SriLanka and presented the theme paper on 'Access to Water'.
  • 27-28 Sept, 2006
  • Participated in the Official Launching Ceremony of the Asia-Pacific Water Forum (APWF) &APWF 1st Governing Council Meeting held in Manila, Philippines from September 27-28, 2006 and gave speech in the inaugural session and represented GWP-South Asia.
  • 18-22 Aug, 2006
  • Participated in the Consulting Partners Meeting and 10th Anniversary of GWP and Stockholm Water Symposium 2006 and presented a paper on ‘ Storm Surge and Cyclone Management in Bangladesh’ on 21 August, 2006 in the side event on ‘Disaster Management in South Asia’ organized by Pakistan Water Partnership.
  • 9-10 August, 2006
  • Participated as a resource person in the International Conference on 'Transboundary Water Issues: South Asian Cooperation' held in Dhaka organised by the International Farakka Committee based in USA.
  • 19-23rd June, 2006
  • Participated in the World Urban Forum-III held in Vancouver, Canada.
  • 29-30 May, 2006
  • Participated in the 'Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE)' held in Tokyo, Japan and presented paper on 'Disaster Prevention and Community Assistance: Role of Cyclone Shelters in Bangladesh during Floods'.
  • 16-22 March, 2006
  • Participated in the Fourth World Water Forum held in Mexico and led government delegation for participation in the Asia Pacific Day and worked as a panelist in the Session on Civil Society Innovating change under the theme on ‘Water and Sanitation for All ‘organised by Freshwater Action Network and NGO Forum on Asian Development Bank and also presented a paper on ‘Disaster Management in Bangladesh’ in a side event on ‘Disaster Management in South Asia organised by Pakistan Water Partnership during the Forum.
  • 09 February, 2006 Participated in the International Symposium on 'Environmental Sustainability (ISES-2006) held at BUET on organised by ITN-BUET, CERM-BUET and WEDC, Loughborough University, UK.
    8-9 March, 2005
  • Participated in the International Workshop on “Achieving Innovation and Best Practices in Urban Management” (INNOBP-Urban) held in Ipoh City State of Perak, Malaysia.
  • 17-19 December, 2004
  • Assisted in organizing International Conference on Regional Cooperation on Transboundary Rivers (ICRCTR) held at Dhaka jointly sponsored by BUET, IEB and BEN.
  • 6 -7 December, 2004 Presided over the Book Launching Workshop on ‘Disputes over Ganges: A Look at Potential Water Related Conflicts in South Asia” held at Kathmandu organized by Panos Institution.
    5-6 December, 2004
  • Participated in the 21st Anniversary Symposium on ‘Securing Livelihoods in Hindu Kush-Himalayas Region: Directions for future research, development and cooperation’ held in Nepal and presented a paper on ‘Integrated Water Resources Management in the Ganges, Brahmmaputra and Meghna River Basins in south Asia: Potentials and needs for future cooperation’.
  • 4-6 November, 2004
  • Participated in the Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development (FASID)’s International Symposium: Prospects and Issues Facing Japanese ODA: In Search of New Approaches – Assistance with due Respect to Ownership’ and presented paper on ‘Institutions and Capacity Building for Development in Bangladesh: A Practitioner’s Experience’ held in Tokyo, Japan organized by Japanese Foreign Ministry and FASID.
  • 26-28 Oct, 2004
  • Planned and Chaired the 5th Regional Council Meeting and joint Regional Council of GWP-South Asia and Technical Committee Meeting of Global Water Partnership in Chennai, India.
  • 13-15 July, 2004
  • Planned, organised and chaired 3rd International South Asia Water Forum (SAWAF-III) held in Dhaka
  • 14th July, 2004
  • Chaired the 2nd General Assembly Meeting of GWP-South Asia held in Dhaka.
  • 11th July, 2004
  • Chaired GWP-South Asia Regional Meeting on ‘Reuse of wastewater and City Effluents for Agriculture, Aquaculture and EcoSanitation’ held in Dhaka.
  • 7-12 June, 2004
  • Participated in the Malaysian Water Week and Consultative Partners (CP) Meeting of Global Water Partnership (GWP) held in Kuala Lumpur & Chaired a Session on ‘Building Partnership’.
  • 26-30 Jan, 2004
  • Participated in the ADB Water Week held in Manila from 26-30 Jan, 2004
  • 8-10 Dec, 2003
  • Planned and conducted the 3rd Regional Council Meeting of GWP-South Asia and joint RC-SASTAC Meeting in New Delhi from 8-10 Dec, 2003.
  • 11 Dec, 2003
  • Participated in the GWP-South Asia Regional Workshop on Reuse of Wastewater and City Effluents held at Kallyani, West Bengal, India
  • 10-16 August, 2003
  • Participated in the 8th Consulting Partners Meeting of Global Water Partnership and 14th Stockholm Water Symposium held in Stockholm.
  • 9-10 April, 2003
  • Chaired the 2nd Regional Council Meeting of GWP-South Asia held in Dhaka.
  • March 16-23, 2003
  • Participated in the third World Water Forum (WWF3) held in Kyoto, Shiga and Osaka, Chaired the GWP-South Asia Day and participated in the panel discussion on Water Problems in South Asia organised by Japan Association and Friendship Society (JAFS).
  • Jan 13-15, 2003
  • Participated in the Administrative Meeting of Global Water Partnership held in its HQ at Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Dec 13-17, 2002
  • Participated in the Second South Asia Water Forum Meeting (SAWAF-II) and Launching of Regional Water Partnership and Chaired First Regional Council Meeting for GWP-SAS-RWP held in Islamabad.
  • Nov 13-19, 2002
  • Participated in the Regional Technical Advisory Committee (RTAC) and TEC (Technical Committee) meetings of Global Water Partnership held in Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • Nov 2-6, 2002
  • Participated in the Advisory Committee Meeting of International Forum for Rural Transport and Development (IFRTD) and NGF (National Focal Group) Meeting held in Rugby, UK.
  • Oct 18-20, 2002
  • Participated in the Federation of Institution of Engineers of South and Central Asia (FIESCA) meeting and 96th Annual Sessions of the Institution of Engineers, SriLanka
  • Oct 14-17, 2002
  • Participated in the Regional Consultative Workshop on 'Water in Cities' and 'Poverty and Floods' in ADB HQ in Manila.
  • Oct 11-12, 2002
  • Participated in the GWP-Fund Raising Meeting held in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Sept 27-29, 2002
  • Participated in the GWP-South Asia Workshop on Area Water Partnerships (AWPs) held in Nagpur, India.
  • June 28 to July1, 2002
  • Participated in the 12th GWP South Asia Technical Advisory Committee (SASTAC) Meeting held in Colombo, SriLanka
  • June 19-23, 2002
  • Participated in the UNIDO Advisory Committee Meeting and UNIDO sponsored International Conference on Small & Micro Hydropower held in Hangzhou, China
  • Jan 10-14, 2002
  • Participated in the Regional Meeting on 'South Asia Network on River Basin Organisations (SASNET-RBO) and '10th SASTAC Meeting' held in Kandy, SriLanka.
  • Aug 12-18, 2001
  • Participated in the 11th Stockholm Water Symposium and 6th Annual Consultative Partners Group Meeting held in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Feb 12-23, 2001
  • Led Government Delegation to the 18th Session and Preparatory Committee for Istanbul +5 (PREPCOM-II)in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Oct 19-23, 2000
  • Attended ‘UNCHS Regional High Level Meeting for Istanbul+5 follow up ‘ held in Hangzhou, China.
  • May 15-17, 2000
  • Attended Seminar on ‘Power Sector Reform and Privatization’ held in Bangalore, India.
  • March 23-26, 2000
  • Visited France for discussion with GE Energy Product, Europe Ltd (Former ALSTOM Co.) for setting up 60 MW Power Plant at Shahjibazar in Bangladesh.
  • March 16-22, 2000
  • Attended Second World Water Forum (2nd SAWAF) and Ministerial Conference held in The Hague, the Netherlands.
  • March 5-11, 2000
  • Attended Conference on ‘Energy South Asia’ held in Katmandu, Nepal.
  • Nov 3-6, 1999
  • Visited Bhutan as member of high-powered delegation to improve Bilateral Trade, Commerce and Energy Co-operation between Bangladesh and Bhutan.
  • Nov 8-10, 1999
  • Visited Manila as a member of Government delegation for Loan Negotiation of 10th Power Project (Dhaka Power System Upgrade) with Asian Development Bank.
  • July 1-3, 1999
  • Attended South Asian Technical Advisory Committee (SASTAC) Meeting and IWRM Regional Vision Meeting organized by SASTAC, held in Colombo.
  • July 9-18, 1999
  • Visited Germany for Bilateral Consultations with KWF, GTZ and Ministry of Development & Co-operation BMZ
  • May 20-21, 1999
  • Attended Stakeholder Consultation on Bangladesh Water Vision for 2025, held in LGED Bhaban, Dhaka.
  • Feb 13-14, 1999
  • Attended 1st South Asian Technical Advisory Committee (SASTAC), Meeting of Global Water Partnership held in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Jan 30, 1999
  • Attended Regional Expert Consultation on Integrated Water Resources held in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Nov 23-27, 1998
  • Attended the International Conference on “Sustainable Development of Deltas, SDD ‘98” in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Aug 13-14, 1998
  • Attended the annual meeting of the Consultative Group of the Global Water Partnership in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Oct 20-22, 1997
  • Attended Contract Negotiation of Third Rural Infrastructure Development Project held in Manila, The Philippines.
  • May 19-23, 1997
  • Participated in the International Workshop on Rural Infrastructure held in the World Bank HQ, Washington D.C., USA.
  • April 19-21, 1997
  • Attended Contract Negotiation of Agricultural Diversification and Intensification Project under IFAD held in Rome, Italy.
  • Nov 25-30, 1996
  • Participated in Contract Negotiation of TA 2564 BAN: Small Scale Water Resources Beneficiary Participation and Project Management held in Manila, The Philippines.
  • Aug 02-10, 1996
  • Participated in the Loan Negotiation of Rural Roads Maintenance and Improvement Project (RRMIMP-II Project) in The World Bank HQ, Washington D.C., USA.
  • July 16-18, 1996
  • Participated in the Expert Group Meeting on Preparation for the Ministerial Conference on Infrastructure, held in Kualalampur, Malaysia.
  • April 16-18, 1996
  • Attended “RETA-5646-Urban Infrastructure Finance Seminar” held in Manila, The Philippines.
  • March 02-05, 1996
  • Participated in the Review Meeting of the Projects with Saudi Fund, held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
  • Sept 3-7, 1995
  • Attended 32nd World Congress of the International Union of Local Authorities (IULA) held in Hague, Netherlands and was Chairperson for the session on ‘Decentralisation.
  • April 3-7, 1995
  • Participated in the Seminar on “Road Maintenance initiative Dissemination” held in Pretoria, South Africa.
  • Nov 6-12, 1994
  • Attended "The Eighth International Road Federation (IRF) Executive Training Conference" in Phoenix, Arizona USA.
  • Aug 20-25, 1994
  • Participated in the First National Workshop on Disaster Management Co-ordination held at Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
  • Jun 1-5, 1994
  • Led delegation of Government of Bangladesh in Riyadh, Saudia Arabia for negotiation with Saudi Fund for Development (SFD).
  • May 16-18, 1994
  • Participated as National Expert in the 12th session on WFP SUB Committee on Projects in Rome, Italy.
  • March 17-25, 1994
  • Attended the 30th WFP Conference on "Food Aid for Development in Asia and the Pacific Region" held in Beijing, China.
  • Nov 8-11, 1993
  • Attended the regional Conference of Africa Region on "International Forum for Rural Transport and Development (IFRTD)" held in Malawi, Africa as a representative from Asia Zone.
  • Sept 6-17, 1993
  • Led Bangladesh delegation in the 15th Congress of International Commission on Irrigation & Drainage (ICID) held in the Hague, Netherlands.
  • March 28 – April 9, 1993
  • Participated in the Training Course on "Model Rural Development Project" organised by JICA in Tokyo.
  • Feb 7-11, 1993
  • Participated in UNCRD-CIRDAP Workshop on Development of Modules for Training on Integrated Approach to Rural Development and Disaster Management in Bangladesh held in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • July 25 to Aug 1, 1992
  • Visited Orangi Pilot Project and the Aga Khan University in Karachi as member of Bangladesh Government and UNICEF delegation.
  • Oct 15-25, 1989
  • Attended Afro Asian Regional conference of International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) in Tokyo, under the sponsorship of Japan Land and Drainage Agency (JALDA).
  • Jun 4-16, 1989
  • Led Bangladesh Delegation in the International Conference on Irrigation & Drainage (ICID) in Ottawa, Canada.
  • Dec, 1988
  • Participated in Loan Negotiation for US$ 100.65 Million Rural Infrastructure Development Project in ADB HQ in Manila.
  • May 23-28, 1988
  • Participated in Loan Negotiation for US $ 97.08 Million Rural Roads and Market Improvement and Maintenance Project in IDA HQ in Washington D.C.
  • Aug 5 – Sept 5, 1985
  • Attended Training on Road Construction and Maintenance organised by Alabama County Council, USA, under USAID sponsorship.
  • May 3-8, 1984
  • Represented Bangladesh Govt. in the ILO sponsored Donors Support Meeting for Special Public Works Programme, held in Geneva.
  • Aug 10 Sept 9,1983
  • Participated in Advanced Management training in the Ashridge College of Management, U.K.
  • Sept 1-7, 1981
  • Participated in the International Seminar on Rural Centre Planning held at Seoul, South Korea.
  • Jun 23-26, 1981
  • Participated in Regional Consultative meeting on preparation of Manual on Rural Road Construction and Maintenance held at ESCAP, Bangkok.
  • Feb 16-27, 1981
  • Participated in the International Seminar on Labour Intensive Special Rural Works Programme held in Arusha, Tanzania, Sponsored by ILO/SIDA.
  • Nov 17-23, 1980
  • Participated in the International Seminar on Integrated Rural Development held under the auspices of Commonwealth Foundation at BARD, Comilla.
  • Sept 15-26, 1980
  • Conducted training in the UNDP – ILO Sub Regional workshop on Labour Intensive Public Works Programme held at BARD, Comilla.
  • Nov23 – Dec14, 1979
  • Attended training programme in Colorado State University and US Geological Survey at Denver as part of the Consultation programme with the PRC/ Engineering Consultant Inc’s work on Rural Irrigation Feasibility Studies.
  • October, 1979
  • Participated in the Workshop cum Training Programme on Small Water Conservancy Projects, arranged by the Department of Water Resources Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka.
  • Oct 10-14, 1979
  • Conducted International Inspection of Road Construction Equipment at Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Aug 8 24, 1979
  • Participated in ESCAP Seminar cum Study Tour on the Economic and Technical Aspects of the Construction of Local Roads and Rural Transport held in Moscow.
  • Mar 21 – Apr 3, 1979
  • Participated in ESCAP, Seminar cum Workshop on Rural Road and Transport Development with Special Emphasis on Manpower oriented Road Construction and Improvement of Indigenous Equipment held in Dhaka.
  • Feb 5-8, 1979
  • Participated in Workshop on Human Settlements in ESCAP, Bangkok, under the auspices of Vision Habitat.
  • Aug 15-19, 1978
  • Participated in Expert Group meeting to review the Draft Manual on Guidelines for Rural Centre Planning in the ESCAP regions, held in ESCAP, Bangkok.
  • July 21 – Sept. 23, 1970
  • Completed 1st advanced Course on Local Government Administration and Development from the Local Government Institute, and National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA), Dhaka and extensively visited various development institutions and local bodies throughout East and West Pakistan.
  • Medal & Awards

  • Bhashani Gold Medal in 1995
  • Poet Jasimuddin Gold Medal in 1995
  • Institution of Engineers (Bangladesh) Medal by Dhaka Center in 1998
  • CR Das Gold Medal in 1999
  • Nominated by the World Bank for International Road Federation (IRF)’s Person of the Year in 1999.
  • Abbasuddin Gold Medal in 1999
  • Sher-e-Bangla Gold Medal in 2000
  • Bangabandhu Prokoushali Gold Medal in 2000
  • JICA Merit Award in 2000
  • Bangladesh Association of Consulting Engineers (BACE) Silver Jubilee Award in 2000
  • Publications

    Title of the Paper Publication Details
    “Transparency and Integrity in Water Sector in South Asia” Keynote paper presented in the South Asia Regional Workshop on ‘ Transparency and Integrity in the water sector’ held in Dhaka from 3-5 Nov, 2007 at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel.
    “Gender, Poverty and Infrastructure” Keynote paper presented in the Regional Seminar of Asian Development Bank on ‘ Gender, Poverty and Infrastructure’ held on 4-6, 2007 at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, Dhaka.
    “Disaster Prevention and Community Assistance: Role of Cyclone Shelters in Bangladesh during Floods”. Presented in the 'Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE)' held in Tokyo, Japan on 29-30 May, 2006
    “Chittagong Hill tracts Socioeconomic“ Evaluated the Book on Indicators' published by LGED with technical assistance of ICIMOD, Nepal
    “Integrated Water Resources Management in the Ganges, the Brahmmaputra and the Meghna Basins: Prospects and challenges” Submitted in the Workshop on 'Policy Priorities for Sustainable Mountain Development' organized by ICIMOD in Nepal from 18-20 Sept, 2006 and published in the workshop proceedings.
    “Integrated Water Resources Management in the Ganges, Meghna and Brahmmaputra Basin: Prospects and Need for Regional Cooperation” Submitted to the 17th Indian Engineering Congress as Nidhu Bhushan Lecture held in Patna from 22-24 Dec, 2002.
    “Management Challenges for the Engineers” Delivered as Dr. Rashid Memorial Lecture at BUET Council Bhaban on 17 April, 2002 and Published in the Multidisciplinary Journal of Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, Vol Mul-Dis 27, No.1, December, 2002.
    “Information Based Planning and Decision Making” Submitted to the Regional Institution for Asia-Pacific and Arab Regions for the Urban Observatory Programme of UNCHS (Habitat), November, 2000 and Published in the Multidisciplinary Journal of Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, Vol Mul-Dis 25, No.1, December, 2000.
    “Power Sector Overview – Present and Future” Presented in the Conference on 'Energy South Asia' held in Katmandu, Nepal on 5-11 March, 2000.
    "Urban Water Management Problems in Developing Countries with Particular Reference to Bangladesh" International Journal of Water Resources Development, Special Issue: ‘Urban Water Management in Developing Countries, Vol. 16, No. 1, Pg 21-33, March, 2000.
    "Environmental Issues Related to Road Planning in the Rural Areas of Bangladesh" 1st Asia Pacific Conference on Transportation & Environment, Singapore, 13-15 May, 1999.
    "Water Resources Management in Bangladesh" National Defence College, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 15 April, 1999.
    "Contribution of Rural Infrastructure Towards Employment Generation and Poverty Alleviation in Bangladesh" Presented in Shaheed Kamruzzaman Bhuiyan Memorial Lecture, Institution of Engineers, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 5 March, 1999 (IEB Journal).
    "Water Resources Management in Bangladesh" SASTAC Regional Meeting of Global Water Partnership, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 18-20 May, 1998.
    "Rural Infrastructure Development and its Management" Seminar on the occasion of Celebration of Fifty Years of the Engineering Profession in Bangladesh, The Institution of Engineers, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 9 May, 1998 (IEB Journal).
    "Potentials for Development of Rural Infrastructure in Chittgong Hill Tracts" Paper for Round Table Discussion: Legal and Economic Perspectives of Chittagong Hill Tracts, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Organised by Society for Development and Co-operation, BUP Auditorium, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 21 December, 1997.
    "Institutional Framework for Rural Transport Infrastructure Management: Case of Bangladesh" International Workshop on Rural Infrastructure, The World Bank, Washington D.C., May 19-23, 1997 (IDA, World Bank).
    "Creation of More Employment Opportunities for Engineers" Seminar on the occasion of Engineers' Day, Institution of Engineers, Ramna, Dhaka, Bangladesh, May 6, 1997 (IEB Journal).
    "Rainwater/Catchment Water Harvesting Techniques for Farming in Chittagong Hill Tracts". Workshop organized by ICIMOD and CHTDB, Khagrachari, Bangladesh, 17 May, 1997.
    "Rural Development for Tomorrow's Bangladesh" Rotarian's Annual Convention, Indoor Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh 18 May, 1996.
    "Unemployed Engineers: Problems and Solutions” Engineering Day Seminar organized by the Institution of Civil Engineers (IEB), Ramna, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 7 May, 1996 (IEB Journal).
    "Sustainability and Potentials of Low Cost Water Harvesting System in Chittagong Hill Tracts" National Workshop on Development Experiences and Prospects in Chittagong Hill Tracts, Rangamati, Bangladesh, 23-25 January, 1995 (ICMOD Journal).
    "Rural Infrastructure Development Experience of LGED" A presentation in the short course on Technology Assessment and Technology Diffusion for SAARC Countries, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 21 December 1994.
    "Role of Engineers in Poverty Alleviation in Bangladesh Through Development of Infrastructure" Regional Seminar on the occasion of 6th General Assembly of Federation of Engineering Institutions of South and Central Asian (FEISCA), Institution of Engineers, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 24-25 July, 1993.
    "Roads and Bridges in Bangladesh with reference to Natural Hazards" National Seminar on Engineering for Natural Disaster Mitigation, Institution of Engineers, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 6 Jan., 1992.
    "Training of Upazila (now Thana) staff and Community Leaders on Local Resource Utilization, Project Implementation and Organizing Local People in Disaster Management and Rural Development" UNCRD-CIRDAP Country Seminar on Development of Modules for Training on Integrated Approach to Rural Development and Disaster Management in Dhaka, Bangladesh. 20-24 January, 1991.
    “Unpublished Master's Thesis on Institutional Development for Planning Infrastructure through local bodies in Bangladesh” Joint Degree Program, University of Sheffield, U.K., and BUET.

    Article & Columns

    Title of the Paper: Integrated Water Resource Management in the Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna River Basins in South Asia: Prospects and Challenges
    Quamrul lslam Siddique, P Eng.,
    Bangladesh Water Partnership, Dhaka, Bangladesh
    Former Secretary, Government of Bangladesh

    Publication Details: Submitted in the Workshop on 'Policy Priorities for Sustainable Mountain Development' organized by ICIMOD in Nepal from 18-20 Sept, 2006 and published in the workshop proceedings

    Introduction
    Freshwater systems all over the world continue to undergo natural changes in terms of quantity and quality. These changes are accelerated in South Asia by increases in human exploitation of water resources caused by increasing population pressure and rising levels of urbanisation and industrialisation. Growing concern for environmental degradation has increased pressure on water resources. In many regions of the world, these pressures are intense within national borders and even more intense in the case of international rivers where twa or more countries share the same river basins. Growing competition for water resources in international rivers across several countries is expected to intensify the potential for acute upheaval and conflict in many regions. South Asia is not an exception. This issue calls for integrated water resource management and basinwide development within countries as well as beyond country boundaries.

    The Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna (GBM) river systems constitute the second largest hydrologic region in the world. The three river systems, with a drainage area of about 1.75 million square kilometres and an average runoff of around 1 200 cu km, stretch across the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China, Bhutan, Nepal, India, and Bangladesh. All three river systems originate from the Himalayan and Vindhya ranges outside Bangladesh, but they fall into the Bay of Bengal through a single outlet, the Meghna estuary, over Bangladesh. Average rainfall in the Ganges varies from 35 cm in the west to 250 cm in the east; in the Brahmmaputra it varies from 250 cm in the north to 200 cm in the south. The Meghna Basin receives the highest rainfall intensity in the world of around 1100 cm at Cherapunji. These river systems are not only rich in land and water resources, they are also rich in ancient civilisations on fertile agricultural flood plains. About 10% of the world's population of over half a billion lives in the GBM basins. The region contains the largest number of the world's poor, about 40% of the total number of poor in the developing world.

    At present, irrigation is the main consumer of water. With rapid industrialisation and urbanisation in South Asian countries and the implementation of poverty alleviation programmes, water demands for domestic, industrial, and environmental needs are increasing rapidly. Increasing population and growing concern about the environment have aggravated the situation. There is growing tension among countries of the region over sharing water from the international rivers, especially during periods of lean flows. In this respect, river-basin planning and management, with due consideration to the potential environmental impacts, is a concern to riparian countries in the GBM basins.

    Regional cooperation in the GBM river basins is important for integrated water resource management in the basins. Despite some developments, the GBM's abundant human and natural potentials have not been harnessed creatively and cooperatively. Development in the GBM basins must be people-oriented, ensuring regional equity and social justice for all sections of the population.

    Why integrated water resource management?

    If effective and lasting solutions to the water problems are to be found, a new water governance and management paradigm is required. Such a paradigm is encapsulated in the integrated water resource management (IWRM) concept which has been defined by the Global Water Partnership (GWP) as a 'process which promotes the coordinated development and management of water, land, and related resources in order to maximise the economic and social welfare in an equitable manner without compromising the sustainability of vital ecosystems' (TEC2000).

    Integrated water resource management explicitly challenges conventional water development and management systems. It commences with the recognition that traditional top-down, supply led, technically-based and sectoral approaches to water management are imposing unsustainably high economic, social, and ecological costs on human societies and on the natural environment. If they persist, water scarcity and deteriorating water quality will become the critical factors limiting future economic development, the expansion of food production, and the provision of basic health and hygiene services to millions of disadvantaged people Business as usual is neither environmentally sustainable, nor is it sustainable in financial and social terms. The traditional paradigm of publicly financed and managed low-cost or no-cost recovery provision of water services is beyond the financial capacity of most governments. Under investment and exacerbated conflicts over the allocation of water goods and services are inevitable, with potentially disastrous economic and social consequences. The IWRM perspective is explained in Figure 1.



    Common water issues in the GBM river basins

    The common water issues in the GBM river basins are floods, droughts, riverbank erosion, sedimentation, water pollution, salinity intrusion, arsenic contamination in groundwater, and climate change (Siddique 2006). Floods are an annual and common phenomenon in the GBM basins. Loss of lives and assets due to floods in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal is huge.



    Like floods, droughts are a common problem. The reduced flow of the Ganges during the dry season due to diversion in the upper catchment exacerbates the northward movement of the salinity front, thereby threatening the environmental ecosystem of the region. River bank erosion renders at least 20,000 families homeless every year in Bangladesh. According to the World Disaster Report, about 100,000 people suffered and 9,000 hectares of precious cultivable land eroded.



    The Ganges, Brahmmaputra and Meghna rivers carry enormous amounts of sediment load from the mountains to the plains, compounding the adverse effects of floods.

    Water pollution in the basins is progressively increasing with withdrawals of water for various uses in the upper catchment, particularly in the Ganges Basin, leaving insufficient flows in the rivers for dilution of pollutants during lean periods. Increased use of agrochemicals and discharge of untreated domestic sewage and industrial effluents into the rivers have aggravated the problem. In recent years, arsenic in groundwater has caused panic in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal. In Bangladesh, 61 districts out of 64 are affected by arsenic in the water. This has been a national health hazard issue.

    Like water pollution, salinity intrusion has become a serious problem, particularly in the coastal areas of Bangladesh. The reduced flow of the Ganges due to upstream diversion in the dry season has exacerbated the upward movement of the salinity front, threatening environmental balance in the region.

    The impact of climate change in the GBM region could be significant. Monsoon rainfall could increase by 10-15% by 2030. Increased evaporation resulting from higher temperatures in combination with regional changes in precipitation characteristics (e.g., total amount, spatial and seasonal variability, and frequency of extremes), might affect mean runoff, frequency, and intensity of floods and drought, soil moisture, and surface and ground water availability in the GBM countries. It could also increase the rate of snowmelt in the Himalayas and reduce the amount of snowfall if winter is shortened. In the event of climate change altering the rainfall pattern in the Himalayas, the impacts could be felt in downstream countries such as the northern part of Indio, and Bangladesh.

    Prospects and challenges for integrated water resource management in the GBM river basins

    The GBM river basins enjoy tremendous agroclimatic diversity, a rich fertile and arable land area of about 79 Mho, 2.6 billion tons of silt load, an enormous delta consisting of Bangladesh and port of the state of West Bengal in India, about 110,000 MW of identified hydropower potential with additional power through pump storage capacity, vast navigable waterways, varied forest resources including the largest mangrove forest in the world, a treasure house of biodiversity, and abundance in fish resources. Water is the most important natural resource in the GBM countries and can contribute towards shaping the future of millions of people living in the region. Integrated water resource management in the GBM rivers addresses the following areas.
    1. Dry season flow augmentation and sharing of transboundary international rivers
    2. Sharing of data and information about common rivers to facilitate flood forecasting and water quality control
    3. Cooperative development of water resources

    Dry season flow augmentation and sharing common rivers

    Owing to the seasonal variability of water volume in the GBM river systems, the dry season flows of the GBM rivers, particularly of the Ganges, are inadequate to meet the combined needs of the region. As early as 1974, the Prime Ministers of Indio and Bangladesh hod recognised the need to augment the dry season Ganges flow. The Ganges Water Sharing Treaty of 1996 also includes a provision for the two governments 'to cooperate in finding a solution to the long-term problem of augmenting the flows of the Ganges during the dry season'.

    One possible option to substantially augment the Ganges which could benefit Nepal, India, and Bangladesh, would be to construct large storage areas on the Ganges tributaries originating in Nepal. Because of the availability of high water-holding capacity for monsoon flows in the potential reservoir sites of Nepal there is an excellent opportunity to create storage reservoirs. On the basis of studies carried out in 1983, Bangladesh proposed construction of seven large storage reservoirs at Chisapani, Kaligandaki 1, Kaligandaki 2, Trisulganga, Seti, Saptokosi, and Pancheswar in Nepal to augment the dry season flows of the Ganges by 1,670 cumecs (built at normal height) and 5,385 cumecs (with the storage reservoir at Chisapani, Trisulganga, Seli, and Sapta Koshi, built above normal heights). Studies indicated that construction of the proposed storage reservoirs were technically feasible. Moreover, the storage reservoirs would produce enormous amounts of hydroelectricity that could meet the power demands of the region. Another beneficial effect of the storage proiects would be significant flood mitigation in the downstream areas of the Ganges. According to studies carried out by the Institute for Integrated Development Studies, Kathmandu, the terrain of the northern and middle belts of Nepal offer excellent sites for storage reservoirs. The studies identified 28 potential reservoir sites, nine of which are classified as 'large', having a live storage capacity of over three billion cubic metres. A highly favourable project from this perspective is the Sapta Koshi high dam in Nepal, the revived third phase of the original Koshi project. The Koshi dam will have a significant storage capacity that should provide both North Bihar (India) and Bangladesh with a flood cushion and augmented dry season flows after meeting Nepal's full irrigation requirements. Bangladesh would receive an additional share of water (around 50000 cusec) during the dry season according to the provisions of the Indo-Bangladesh Water Treaty signed in 1996.

    Nepal would also be the sole beneficiary from selling 25000 MW of electricity to India and Bangladesh. All three countries, India, Nepal, and Bangladesh would have to work together to develop this immense water potential and the hydropower prospects of the Ganges River basin. To make a beginning in this respect, the Third South Asian Water Forum (SAWAF-III), a regional water forum established under the Global Water Partnership (GWP)-South Asia Regional Water Partnership which includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, recommended at its regional forum meeting held in Dhaka in July 2004, the formation of a supra national body called the 'Ganges River Basin Organisation (GRBO), with a political mandate to work on the integrated use of the Ganges River basin by the three countries.

    In Bangladesh, there is a possibility to construct a Ganges barrage at Pangsha, 30 km upstream from the confluence of the Ganges and the Brahmmaputra rivers near Aricha. This can resuscitate 28 rivers by diverting monsoon flood flows in the southwestern part of Bangladesh and provide a much needed freshwater balance to the Sundarbans.

    China, Bhutan, India, and Bangladesh are the four riparian countries in the Brahmaputra basin. A storage project could be built in appropriate locations in this basin. It must be repeated here that storage reservoirs in the Himalayas would have to be multi-purpose in nature in order to be economically justifiable. Issues of population displacement and seismic hazards have often been raised against the schemes for large reservoirs in the Himalayas.

    Sharing data and information for common rivers to facilitate flood forecasting and water quality control

    Among the non-structural flood management approaches, the greatest potential for regional cooperation lies in flood forecasting and warning. Currently, bilateral cooperation exists between i) Nepal and India, ii) Nepal and Bangladesh, and iii) India and Bangladesh for the transmission of flood-related data. This cooperation needs to be strengthened. More reliable forecasts with additional lead-time would be possible if real-time and daily forecast transmissions could be made from additional upstream points, and even more frequently on the three rivers. Effective flood data-sharing arrangements are oIso necessary with the upper riparian countries of Nepal and Bhutan, to provide Bangladesh with more lead time to undertake disaster preparedness measures. Increased lead time to ensure reliable forecasts can be achieved through the following arrangements.
    • Three-hourly real-time daily forecast data transmission between May and October, irrespective of warning stage
    • Real-time and forecast data transmission from upstream stations such as Mangy, Patna, and Allahabad on the Ganges; Guwahati, Tejpur, and Dibrugarh on the Brahmaputra; and Teesta Bazar, Gajaldoba, and Jalpaiguri on the Teesta
    • Joint calibration of hydrodynamic simulation models by Bangladesh and India to improve the accuracy of lead-time and forecasts

    Improvements in model development for effective flood forecasting in Bangladesh are possible if data exchange arrangements can be made with India in the following sectors.
    • River cross-section data of upstream stretches on the Ganges, Brahmaputra, Meghna¬Barak, and Teesta
    • Three-hourly water levels and daily forecasts for several upstream stations on the four rivers
    • Daily discharge data from these stations and the outfalls of Koshi, Gandak, and Ghagra
    • Daily rainfall data from several upstream stations in all the four systems: the Ganges, the Brahmaputra, the Meghna-Barak, and the Teesta
    • Water-level discharge and rainfall data from representative stations along medium and flashy rivers in the northwest, north, and east of the country

    Exhaustive sharing of data with India, Nepal, and Bhutan will enable Bangladesh to develop a dynamic river routing model for its river systems and this could generate a state-of-the-art flood forecasting scenario to benefit the flood-prone population of the GBM region.

    Cooperative development of water resources

    Development 01 hydropower and meeting the energy need in the GBM basins

    Nepal is the lead country in the GBM region in terms of hydropower potential. Abundant rainfed and snowfed water resources and a topography with favourable relief provide an excellent setting in Nepal for ample and economic electricity. These resources are spread in the Koshi, Gandak, Karnali, and Mahakhali river systems of the Ganges Basin. Theoretically, Nepal has a potential of about 83,000 MW and an economic potential of about 40,000 MW, Bhutan has a hydropower potential of about 25,000 MW, and India an identified potential of over 40,000 MW in the GBM region.

    Nepal is the uppermost riparian country in the Ganges Basin. It contributes as much as 41 % of the total runoff and 71 % of the lean flows. Most of the flows (80%) occur during the four months of the monsoon and the rest occur in the other eight months. To derive the full and multipurpose utility from the waters of the Ganges, storage dams need to be established to control floods but to also yield substantial benefits from the development of hydroelectricity and irrigation facilities. Monsoon storage can augment dry season flow, imprQve navigation, and help maintain the ecological balance of the region.

    Water quality management and overcoming implications lor water supply and health

    Because of its geographical location as a downstream riparian state of three catchments (the Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna), Bangladesh faces specific cross-border issues concerning water quality. Quality parameters that concern Bangladesh as well as the region include sediment load, industrial effluents, agrochemicals, and domestic waste. The probable causes are environmental damage in the upper catchments in China and India, where removal of vegetative cover has intensified gully erosion. Similar processes may also be active in the Nepalese Himalayas, triggering sediment load generation in the Ganges system. This problem can be addressed through regional initiatives within an appropriate institutional structure for integrated catchment planning and management. Pollution from industrial effluents, agrochemicals, and domestic wastes are diluted in the monsoon but ohen rise to alarming proportions in the low flow season, especially near densely-populated zones. Industries engaged in the production and use of chemicals, paper or pulp, sugar, dyes, and various metals as well as large urban centres near rivers discharging untreated wastes into them are often responsible for cross-border water quality problems by virtue of their location.

    Countries sharing the GBM basin should review their existing water quality and pollution laws and make efforts to enforce the 'Polluter Pays' principle. At the regional level, several measures are needed over the medium and long terms to control water quality. These should include (a) standardisation of water quality parameters for different users, (b) coordination of water quality monitoring at cross border sites, and (c) a mechanism for data and information exchange about the status of pollution in the rivers.

    Navigation improvement in GBM River basins to ease road transport

    Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna-Barak have served as major arteries of trade and commerce for centuries. In recent years, their importance has diminished as traffic has moved from the waterfront to the alternative modes of road and rail corridors. The lower part of the GBM basin, however, is still dependent on waterways, especially in Bangladesh. Nonetheless, the GBM countries can look forward to rejuvenating this natural asset under an integrated and coordinated scheme for the development of inland navigation throughout the region.

    As a landlocked country, Nepal has a vital interest in securing access to the sea through the rivers. The establishment of links with the inland water transport networks of India and Bangladesh would provide Nepal with access to the Kolkata (India) and Mongla (Bangladesh) ports. The strategy should be to ensure that structures constructed in water development proiects do not impede the development of inland water routes. India has already designated the Ganges between Allahabad and Haldia (1629 km) as National Waterway No.1 and the Brahmaputra between Sadiya and Dhubri (891 km) as National Waterway No 2. The maintenance and further development of navigable depth, navigational aids, and terminal facilities would augment the navigation potential in the GBM region. India and Bangladesh have a bilateral protocol renewed every two years for using the Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna rivers for water transit between West Bengal and Assam and to renew navigational routes in the Ganges connecting Aricha and Rajbari in Bangladesh with Murshidabad and Allahabad, ensuring year-round navigational flow along the Ganges

    The state 01 cooperation on the Ganges, Brahmmaputra and Meghna rivers

    Political mistrust among countries in the Ganges, Brahmmaputra, and Meghna basins, which has lasted over half a century, the absence of enlightened leadership in the past, and serious differences in perceptions on development approaches are major impediments.

    Sharing the riparian river waters has been a bone of contention between India and Nepal in the Koshi River Agreement which was signed on April 23, 1954. It involved a canal system, flowing channels on both sides, a barrage across the river, and a hydropower station. There was nationwide opposition to this agreement in Nepal on the following grounds: extraterritorial rights to India for an indefinite period, loss of fertile land in Nepal without equivalent gains in exchange, and the inordinate delay in payment of compensation to project-affected people (PAPs) The second joint venture between the two neighbouring countries was the Trisuli Agreement, signed on November 20, 1958, which again faced rough waters as is evident from the fact that its final phase was completed as late as 1971.

    The problem with Bangladesh is one of sharing water from the common rivers. The major dispute is about the sharing of Ganges water during lean periods. India has constructed a barrage on the Ganges at Farrakka in West Bengal to divert water through the Bhagirati-Hoogly system to flush mainly the port of Koikata. Bangladesh claims that there is not enough flow in the Ganges due to diversion of water through Bhagirathi-Hoogly and, at the same time, there is insufficient water to maintain agriculture, ecology, and the economy of areas downstream, particularly the southern delta area of Bangladesh. On 12 December 1996, Bangladesh and India signed the Ganges Water Sharing Treaty. The treaty provides Bangladesh with an opportunity to invest in long-term sustainable projects to develop freshwater resources in the Ganges. One big question about the treaty concerns the guarantee of minimum flow to Bangladesh

    The Mahakali Treaty envisages the construction of a 315-metre high dam called the Pancheshwar on the river which divides India and Nepal. The project is expected to generate 6480 MW of power to supply India's Northern Power Grid and to also provide the Gangetic Plains with large volumes of regulated water for irrigation. Nepal's first concern is the unequal sharing of the river's water, which gives Nepal 8000 cusecs against 16000 cusecs for India. Even though the sharing of water is unequal, Nepal has to bear an equal share of the investment. Nepal is also concerned that the treaty stipulates that Nepal sell its excess share of electricity to India but is completely silent over the modalities for fixing the price for this electricity.

    A new area of concern has emerged for Bangladesh over the last couple of years. This is in connection with the proposed Indian River Link Project. The main objective of the project is to divert large volumes of water from so-called water surplus areas to water-deficit areas in India. The Ganges and the Brahmaputra River basins have been identified as marginally surplus and surplus areas, respectively. Bangladesh has formally voiced its concern to the Indian side.

    Nepal, being strategically located with India as its lower'riparian neighbour, is also worried about submersion of vast areas within its territory along the Indo-Nepal border in case big dams and reservoirs are built across the border as envisaged by the River Link Project. These are some of the unresolved issues creating uneasy relations among neighbours in South Asia and preventing development of the vast potentials of the rich water resources of the GBM river basins.

    Legal aspects of transboundary water resource management

    i) The Helsinki Rules on the Uses of Water of International Rivers, adopted by the International Law Association in 1966, state that all basin states of an international river have the right to access equitable and reasonable shares of the water flow.
    ii) According to the United Nations Laws on Human Environment about Hydrologic Regions, 'the net benefits of hydrologic regions common to more than one national jurisdiction are to be shared equitably by the nations' (UN 19720).
    iii) The UN Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Water Courses is a framework convention that aims to ensure the use, development, conservation, management, and protection of international water courses.
    iv) At the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment in 1972, one of the principles laid down by the conference was that 'Every state has a sovereign right to exploit their own resources pursuant to their own environmental policies and the responsibility to ensure. that activities within their jurisdiction or control do not cause damage to the environment of other states or of areas beyond the limits of national jurisdiction' (UN 1972b).
    v) The Economic Declaration adopted by the Fourth Conference of Heads of States or Governments of Non-Aligned Countries held in Algiers, 5-9 September 1973, states that 'environmental measures adopted by one state should not adversely affect the environment of other states or zones outside their jurisdiction' (UN 1973).

    Two hundred river treaties, about half of them in Europe, have been negotiated by countries for the management of this shared resource. Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, and Nepal are co-basins states of the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna river basins. There is no reason why the water and land of this basin cannot be developed on a cooperative basis to solve flooding and other water-related problems in this region.

    The role of international organisations in river basins management

    In the past, international funding agencies have generally declined to provide loans for the development of international river basins unless the countries concerned have signed a mutually acceptable agreement. Without external financial assistance, however, developing countries have often been unable to construct capital-intensive water development projects along international rivers.

    Here lies the principal challenge of the water profession in the 21 st century: how to develop and manage international river basins like GBM sustainably and efficiently, in full agreement and cooperation among countries sharing the basin to arrive at a 'win-win' situation for all the parties concerned. These and other associated issues are likely to make water management processes complex in the future. Hydropolitics, both internal and external, in the management of international river and lake basins and aquifers is, thus, likely to become an increasingly important global issue in the coming decades.

    South Asian water policies on integrated river basin management

    The National Water Policy of India 2002 states that appropriate river basin organisations should be established for the planned development and management of a river basin as a whole, or of sub-basins where necessary. Special multidisciplinary units should be set up to prepare comprehensive plans taking into account not only the needs of irrigation but also the need to harmonise various water uses. Similarly, the National Water Policy of Bangladesh, as approved in 1999, states that basin planning provides the most rational basis for the development of water resources that are under the influence of one or more maior rivers. International river basins such as the Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna basins present special problems. It may take considerable effort and time for Bangladesh to work out joint plans with other riparian countries sharing the GBM basins besides India. As a long-term measure, it is the policy of the Bangladesh government to undertake essential steps to realise basinwide planning for the development of resources of the rivers entering its borders.

    Conclusion

    Cooperation among countries of the GBM river basin region is needed for the common benefit of each nation through a water-based development of the region, focusing on issues not only of national concern and priority but also of regional relevance and applicability.

    To derive the full and multipurpose utility from the GBM basins, water storage dams need to be set up to control floods as well as to derive substantial benefits from the development of hydropower and irrigation facilities. Monsoon storage can augment dry season flow, improve navigation, and help maintain the ecological balance of the region as a whole. Integrated water resource management through a basinwide approach can help solve problems associated with flooding in the region. An integrated water resource management plan will help ensure coordinated and harmonious development of various sectors in relation to the regional responsibilities of the basins. These include irrigation and drainage, hydropower generation, navigation, drought control, watershed management, industrial and domestic uses of water, and recreation and wild life conservation, among others. This type of planning can ultimately help the people of the GBM basins to live in a better environment.

    There is an enabling environment for basinwise integrated water resource management. Statesmen, bureaucrats, scientists, and planners of all nations should sit together and go ahead with integrated basin-wise development in the region for the sustainable and equitable use of available water resources.

    The way forward

    • Multilateral regional cooperation is needed to manage the conflicts and constraints hindering maximum use of available water resources in the region, and unity of mind and a relevant policy with a shored vision is needed as follows.

    "To achieve equitable and sustainable socioeconomic development for the people in the region without compromising the sustainability of the ecosystem through proper utilisation of water resources in the GBM basins."

    This is based on the principles of IWRM as defined by the Global Water Portnership.

    • Operational mechanisms ore needed for shoring meteorological, hydrological, economic, and environmental information among countries concerned. Considering the sensitivity associated with data and information shoring, this may not be on easy task; but it is essential in order to ensure long-term sustainable development of the region.
    • Basin-wide master plans for GBM river basins should be developed.
    • Formation of a Ganges River Basin Organisation (GRBO) with Indio, Nepal, and Bangladesh to ensure equitable and judicious shoring of the waters of the Ganges and on equitable shore of its benefits upstream and downstream for all stakeholders by maintaining the three principles of IWRM - economy, equity, and environmental sustainability.
    • International organisations or donor agencies should encourage the countries in basin¬wide regional development in South Asia.

    Bibliography

    Ahmad, Q. K.; Biswas, A. K.; Rangachari, R.; Sainju, M.M. (2001) Ganges-Brahmmaputra-Meghna Region: A Framework for Sustainable Development, Dhaka. University Press Limited

    GWP (2001 ) Integrated Water Resources Management, Technical Committee Background Paper No. 4 Stockholm~ Global Water Partnership

    GWP (2004) Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and Water Efficiency Plans by 2005, TEe Background Paper No 10, Stockhol m: Globa I Water Po rtnersh i p

    Hossain, A.; Akhtar, N.H. People's Initiative on Transboundary River Management. Available at www. inbo-news.org

    Miah, M. M.(2006) 'Transboundary Water Issues: South Asian Cooperation,' Keynote Paper, International Conference organised by the International Farakkah Committee in cooperation with the New Nation, Amar Desh, and Bangia Vision as media partners, 9-10 August, 2006. Dhaka, Bangladesh

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    Subject: STP Officially Launched

    Dear All,
    STP has now been officially launched by the Hon'ble Chief Adviser. But what is needed now to implement the STP on a 10 years programme is to take up the following steps on a very urgent basis;

    1. First shift the DTCB office from the Dhaka City Corporation's Nagar Bhavan to a place where the office can be run without any interference from the Mayor as well as the contractors and officials of the City Corporation. The DTCB office was previously located in the Setu Bhaban of the Jamuna Bridge Division and the office was forcefully abducted by the DCC Mayor plundering valuable documents, plants and equipments worth more than taka one crore. A case was registered in the Cantonment Thana for plundering the DTCB office destroying valuable properties and equipments but no action was taken as the move was politically motivated.

    2. DTCB Act,2000 should be amended to make it rational by changing the Mayor,DCC from the position of DTCB's Chairman, as because DCC's area is 250 sq km compared to DTCB's full jurisdiction of 1500 sq km covering the greater Dhaka metropolitan area. A draft amendment to the DTCB Act was prepared by a former Law Secretary suggesting the Minister of Communication as the Chairman and the Minister of Local Govt as the co-Chairman and also giving more power by renaming DTCB as the Dhaka Transport Planning and Development Authority. This draft amendment to the Law was submitted by me to the Ministry of Communications in August, 2003, but obviously no action was taken in this respect.

    3. The present organisational structure of DTCB should be totally revamped by incorporating more posts of Transport Planner, Traffic Engineer and other professional posts. The Executive Director should be a senior level professional having sufficient experience in transport planning and implementing large transport projects.

    4. Donor search should immediately be mounted to fund the major projects under STP including feasibility studies on MRT.

    With best regards,
    Quamrul Islam Siddique
    Former Secretary and
    Former Executive Director, DTCB

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    Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum. Contrary to popular belief, Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old. Richard McClintock, a Latin professor at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, looked up one of the more obscure Latin words, consectetur, from a Lorem Ipsum

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    passage, and going through the cites of the word in classical literature, discovered the undoubtable source. Lorem Ipsum comes from sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 of "de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum" (The Extremes of Good and Evil) by Cicero, written in 45 BC. This book is a treatise on the theory of ethics, very popular during the Renaissance. The first line of Lorem Ipsum, "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet..", comes from a line in section 1.10.32.

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    Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum.

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    Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum. Contrary to popular belief, Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old. Richard McClintock, a Latin professor at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, looked up one of the more obscure Latin words, consectetur, from a Lorem Ipsum

    Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature Nulla vitae elit libero, a pharetra augue. Nullam quis risus eget urna mollis ornare vel eu leo. Donec ullamcorper nulla non metus auctor fringilla. Praesent commodo cursus magna, vel scelerisque nisl consectetur et
    Nulla vitae elit libero, a pharetra augue. Nullam quis risus eget urna mollis ornare vel eu leo. Donec ullamcorper nulla non metus auctor fringilla. Praesent commodo cursus magna, vel scelerisque nisl consectetur et

    passage, and going through the cites of the word in classical literature, discovered the undoubtable source. Lorem Ipsum comes from sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 of "de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum" (The Extremes of Good and Evil) by Cicero, written in 45 BC. This book is a treatise on the theory of ethics, very popular during the Renaissance. The first line of Lorem Ipsum, "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet..", comes from a line in section 1.10.32.

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    Conveniently leverage existing viral testing procedures without granular users. Compellingly strategize alternative markets via focused innovation. Rapidiously enable quality users before highly efficient

    Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum.

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    Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum. Contrary to popular belief, Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old. Richard McClintock, a Latin professor at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, looked up one of the more obscure Latin words, consectetur, from a Lorem Ipsum

    Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature Nulla vitae elit libero, a pharetra augue. Nullam quis risus eget urna mollis ornare vel eu leo. Donec ullamcorper nulla non metus auctor fringilla. Praesent commodo cursus magna, vel scelerisque nisl consectetur et
    Nulla vitae elit libero, a pharetra augue. Nullam quis risus eget urna mollis ornare vel eu leo. Donec ullamcorper nulla non metus auctor fringilla. Praesent commodo cursus magna, vel scelerisque nisl consectetur et

    passage, and going through the cites of the word in classical literature, discovered the undoubtable source. Lorem Ipsum comes from sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 of "de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum" (The Extremes of Good and Evil) by Cicero, written in 45 BC. This book is a treatise on the theory of ethics, very popular during the Renaissance. The first line of Lorem Ipsum, "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet..", comes from a line in section 1.10.32.

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    Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum.

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    Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum. Contrary to popular belief, Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old. Richard McClintock, a Latin professor at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, looked up one of the more obscure Latin words, consectetur, from a Lorem Ipsum

    Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature Nulla vitae elit libero, a pharetra augue. Nullam quis risus eget urna mollis ornare vel eu leo. Donec ullamcorper nulla non metus auctor fringilla. Praesent commodo cursus magna, vel scelerisque nisl consectetur et
    Nulla vitae elit libero, a pharetra augue. Nullam quis risus eget urna mollis ornare vel eu leo. Donec ullamcorper nulla non metus auctor fringilla. Praesent commodo cursus magna, vel scelerisque nisl consectetur et

    passage, and going through the cites of the word in classical literature, discovered the undoubtable source. Lorem Ipsum comes from sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 of "de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum" (The Extremes of Good and Evil) by Cicero, written in 45 BC. This book is a treatise on the theory of ethics, very popular during the Renaissance. The first line of Lorem Ipsum, "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet..", comes from a line in section 1.10.32.

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    Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum.

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    Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature Nulla vitae elit libero, a pharetra augue. Nullam quis risus eget urna mollis ornare vel eu leo. Donec ullamcorper nulla non metus auctor fringilla. Praesent commodo cursus magna, vel scelerisque nisl consectetur et
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    passage, and going through the cites of the word in classical literature, discovered the undoubtable source. Lorem Ipsum comes from sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 of "de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum" (The Extremes of Good and Evil) by Cicero, written in 45 BC. This book is a treatise on the theory of ethics, very popular during the Renaissance. The first line of Lorem Ipsum, "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet..", comes from a line in section 1.10.32.

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    Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum.

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