Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said the overall progress in construction of the much-awaited Padma Bridge is 50% complete, with significant headway in construction work of the main bridge.
"The construction work of the main bridge has significantly progressed, and additional time may be required for installing the bridge’s second span," he said while inaugurating five new bridges at Srinagar on Munshiganj highway on Wednesday afternoon.
The second span will be installed in mid-January, Quader said, adding: "Even though we are facing some technical issues, our target is to complete construction of the bridge on time."
On September 30, the first span was installed on pillars 37 and 38 at Janjira point.
Quader said the government constructed five bridges including 16-metre Mostafaganj Bridge, 29-metre Randhuni Bari Bridge, 14-metre Singhpara Bridge, 18-metre Kola Bridge and 23-metre Kusumpur Baganbari Masjid (Malipara) Bridge at the total cost of Tk20 crore.
"Also, 29 vulnerable bailey bridges are being replaced with concrete bridges," the minister was quoted by BSS.
He also said that the construction of 15 more bridges would be completed by June next year, and the remaining nine bridges would be completed by December 2019.
He expressed hope that all risky bailey bridges under Munshiganj Road Division would be replaced by RCC bridges by 2020.
Quader, also general secretary of the ruling Awami League, claimed: “Lawmakers from the Srinagar constituency, who were elected with other parties’ blessings between 1975 and 2008, did not undertake any development initiative for the constituents. As a result, this area had long been underdeveloped and its inhabitants neglected.
“We have undertaken several development initiatives for the constituency after our party won the seat for the first time in the 2008 general elections.”
Asked about the Awami League’s potential candidate for mayoral election to Dhaka North City Corporation, he said they are yet to decide who would represent their party in the polls.
“We have an 18-member local government election nomination board headed by our party chief, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The board will nominate our candidate and decide on the course of action once the election schedule is announced.”
Additional Chief Engineer (Dhaka zone) of Roads and Highways Department Abdus Sabur and Executive Engineer of Munshiganj Mamunur Rashid were also present there.