Former president of the World Bank (WB) Robert B Zoellick was a bad, worthless man and responsible for cancelling the funds for Padma Bridge, said Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith.
The senior minister said this at the prize distribution program for the participants of Dhaka International Trade Fair 2018 held at the National Board of Revenue (NBR) on Monday.
In his speech at the DITF VAT payers’ prize giving ceremony, he criticized the former president of the WB following allegations of corruption regarding the Padma Bridge. He further commented that he along with Prime minister Sheikh Hasina, Abul Hossain, and NBR’s chairman were alleged to be corrupt, but without proof.
Today the WB can see their mistake, as the Padma Bridge is being constructed with government funding, he said.
The finance minister further stated that his affairs were made transparent during the caretaker government of the country, rendering any allegations pointless.
Additionally, he stated that vehicles would be able to use the Padma Bridge by June 2019 or even as early as March.
Previously, the first span of the Padma Bridge was installed atop pillars no 37 and 38 which fall under Janjira, Shariatpur on October 7 last year.
At the time, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader hoped that the project’s work would be wrapped up around December this year.
The procedure for installing the second span of Padma Bridge, with a serial number of 7B, started on January 28.
Once completed, the Padma Bridge will stand over 42 pillars including two transition pillars on the two landward ends. These pillars will bear the load of 41 spans, each 150m in length, to connect the 6.15-kilometre-long bridge.