‘Cooperation the cornerstone of Padma Bridge success’

The location of the bridge was selected because in future it would be connected to the Trans Asian Railway and Trans Asian Highway, says Padma Multipurpose Bridge project Chief Coordinating Officer Maj Gen (rtd) Abu Sayeed Md Masud

The Padma Bridge is a testament to the cooperation between Bangladeshi policymakers, civil and military bureaucrats, experts and teachers of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, and the local people of areas near the bridge,  Padma Multipurpose Bridge project Chief Coordinating Officer Maj Gen (rtd) Abu Sayeed Md Masud has said.

“Since 2008, Bangladesh has been taking a combined and coordinated approach to mega projects across the country, which is allowing the nation to show off the capacity of its domestic talent,” said the CCO, who previously coordinated the Hatirjheel project on behalf of the Bangladesh Army.

Masud made the remarks at a discussion on the book “Padma Setu (Padma Bridge),” jointly published by University Press Limited (UPL) and Prakriti Porichoi at the office of UPL yesterday afternoon.

Remembering the start of the Padma Bridge, which is going to be inaugurated on June 25, Masud said: “It was like a dream for me. I visited the end of the Padma River, at the piling spot, before setting the piers for the Padma Bridge,”

He said the location of the bridge was selected because in future it would be connected to the Trans Asian Railway and Trans Asian Highway.

Professor Dr Abdul Jabbar Khan, pro-vice-chancellor of BUET, said: “Nowadays, some people are comparing the Padma Bridge with the Bhupen Hazarika Bridge of India and others. I think this is not a fair judgment.  We cannot compare or judge a structure only in terms of length.”

He also said that there are some people in our country who want this bridge to collapse as soon as possible. “We have to change this type of mentality because the Padma Bridge is a national resource.”

“The total cost of the Padma Bridge will be recouped over the next 35 years. No foreign loans were received for the Padma Bridge construction,” he added.

Md Enayet Chowdhury, writer of the book and lecturer at the Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM) of BUET, pointed out various qualities of the Padma Bridge.

“It has one of the deepest piling work, the construction used the largest and strongest hammers, domestic iron, cement and sand. The accomplishment of tough river management, constructing a double-decker bridge spate for rail and road, and the mighty water flow of the Padma river made the construction work of the Padma Bridge very unique,” he said.

“My book narrates the complex engineering terms in an easy manner, so that a general reader can also easily perceive how the Padma Bridge has been constructed,” he added.

The writer also said: “The architectural stories of building the Padma Bridge over the mighty river should be included in textbooks.”

Mahrukh Mohiuddin, managing director of the UPL, also spoke at the program, among others. After the discussion, the book was formally unveiled by the guests. It was first published in 2020 and the second edition is available in the market now.

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