Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated 50 out of 560 model mosques today aiming at preaching the true message of Islam to eliminate religious misconceptions.
Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the mosques at 10.30am through videoconferencing from her official residence Ganabhaban in the capital on Thursday.
It is the first ever in the world that any government is building such a large number of mosques at a time.
Besides, 100 more model mosques will also be inaugurated by the end of this year marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The mosques are located at Savar upazila in Dhaka, Madhukhali and Saltha upazilas in Faridpur, Pakundia and Kuliarchar upazilas in Kishoreganj, Shibaloy upazila in Manikganj, Rajbari sadar upazila, Shariatpur sadar and Gosairhat upazilas, Shariakandi, Sherpur and Kahaloo upazilas in Bogura, Sapahar and Porsha upazilas in Naogaon, Sirajganj district and sadar upazila, Chatmohar upazila in Pabna, Godagari and Paba upazilas in Rajshahi, Khansama and Birol in Dinajpur, Patgram upazila in Lalmonirhat, Panchagarh sadar and Debiganj upazilas, Rangpur district, sadar upazila, Mithapukur, Pirgonj and Badargonj upazilas, Haripur upazila in Thakurgaon, Subarnachar upazila in Noakhali, Gafargaon and Tarakanda upazilas in Mymensingh, Chattogram district, Lohagara, Mirsharai and Sandwip upazilas, Jamalpur sadar and Islampur upazilas, Nabinagar and Bijoynagar upazilas in Brahmanbaria, Bhola sadar, Dakshinsurma upazila in Sylhet, Daudkandi upazil in Cumilla, Panchari upazila in Khagrachhari, Kushtia sadar, Khulna district, Kachua upazila in Chandpur, Rajapur upazila in Jhalakathi and Chuadanga sadar upazila.
Some 50 mosques are being prepared under the landmark 560 model mosque considered to be the world's largest mosques project for inauguration in September under the second phase and another 50 will be opened in December under the third phase.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has come up with the idea of constructing the 560 model mosques across the country involving Taka 8,722 crore.
It is the second largest project after Padma Multipurpose Bridge, which is being implemented with own funding.