An important phase of the construction of the much-hyped Padma Bridge starts on Saturday with the installation of the bridge’s first span.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, on behalf of the government, is supposed to witness the work of setting up the span over the mighty Padma.
Earlier, the construction of the first span of the Padma Bridge, which will be laid on pillars 37 and 38 at Janjira point, was completed on September 22.
This will be the maiden visible part of the bridge, said Padma Bridge Project Director Engr Shafiqul Islam.
“Vehicles will ply the portion of the bridge and the work in this regard is going on in full swing on the bank of the Padma River at Janjira point in Shariatpur,” he further said.
According to him, the construction is being done amid heavy currents and huge waves in the river in the ongoing inclement weather.
Construction spree at the bridge, one of the top priority projects of the government, has been underway by overcoming the complexities relating to the formation of soil layers on the riverbed.
Despite having such adverse situations, the work of piling at the main bridge on both banks of the river is in progress.
The bridge authorities said the soil collected from the piles surrounding all the pillars at the Janjira point has already been tested.
“The very first span will be placed upon a temporary bearing. After the prime minister returns home, the work on the span laying will be finalised following her direction about the time period in this regard,” the project director said.
This article was first published on banglatribune.com