The Padma Bridge will be open to vehicle traffic before June next year, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said on Tuesday.
The general secretary of the Awami League announced it while attending a virtual Doa mahfil and Quran distribution program to mark the 75th birthday of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Naria upazila in the district of Shariatpur.
“You have lost your land, your homes for the Prime Minister’s vision of the Padma Bridge which is already visible,” the minister told residents of Shariatpur.
Quader said Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the much-loved bridge.
The Padma Bridge is one of the government’s priority projects as it plans to strengthen the country’s communication network, with the aim of boosting economic activity.
On December 10, 2020, the last span, named 2S, was installed on pillars 12 and 13 of the bridge at Mawa Point.
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About the Padma Bridge
China Major Bridge Engineering Corporation (MBEC) was appointed for the works of the main bridge. The length of the steel bridge is 6.15 km, the viaduct is 3.148 km (road), 532 m (rail), the access road: 12.117 km, the span: 41 (each span is 150 meters long) .
However, the project was first approved by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) with an estimated cost of Tk 10,161 crore in 2007.
Following irreconcilable disputes with the World Bank on the issue of financing in 2012, the government decided to go it alone.
The second revision of the project was approved by Ecnec on January 5, 2016 with an estimated cost of Tk 28,794 to be implemented by 2018. Without modifying the project proposal, the costs were further increased to 30,193 crore Tk in June 2018.
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On October 14 last year, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the construction works of a rail link between Dhaka and Jashore as part of the “Padma Bridge Rail Link Construction Project”.
The first phase of the “Padma Bridge Rail Link Construction Project” will establish a rail link between Mawa and Bhanga via Janjira and Shibchar through the Padma Multipurpose Bridge.
This will connect Dhaka, Narayanganj, Munshiganj, Shariatpur, Madaripur, Faridpur, Gopalganj, Narail and Jashore.
China Railway Group Limited, a contractor appointed by the Chinese government, is implementing the project under the China G2G system.