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Padma Bridge progress: Dream of millions coming true

  • Published at 11:32 pm July 8th, 2018
  • Last updated at 11:46 pm July 8th, 2018
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The under-construction Padma Multipurpose Bridge Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

The government is optimistic that the mega structure will boost the GDP by 1.2%.

The progress of the construction of the much-talked-about Padma Multipurpose Bridge is now more than halfway towards completion, after overcoming many hurdles. 

The construction of all approach roads on both sides of the bridge has been completed, while other components are also falling into place steadily.

“The overall progress of Padma Bridge was 56% until June 2018,” Md Shafiqul Islam, project director of Padma Multipurpose Bridge, said.

“We are working hard to open the bridge to the commuters within a short time with assuring quality,” he told the Dhaka Tribune. 

The government is optimistic that the megastructure will boost the GDP by 1.2%.

Political experts said with the implementation of Padma Bridge project, the pledges of the Awami League-led government are being fulfilled. 

According to Bangladesh Bridge Authority (BBA) officials, after the installation of five spans, 750 metres of the bridge have become visible. 

It seemed that the dream of millions of people, especially those in the southern region of the country, is coming true.

The first span of the Padma Bridge was installed at the Janjira point of Shariatpur on October 7, 2017. This was followed by the installation of the second span on January 28. The third span was installed on March 11. The fourth and fifth spans of the bridge were installed on May 13 and June 29 respectively. 

The 6.15-km bridge will have a total of 41 spans, each 150 meters long. 

According to the engineers concerned, a total of 41 spans will be installed on 42 pillars.

“The spans are being installed one after another to open the bridge for commuters,” Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said during an inspection of the Dhaka-Bhanga expressway on June 29.

The government, for the first time, is implementing such a mega project like Padma Bridge, which became possible under the credible leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. 

“Implementation of a mega project like Padma Multipurpose Bridge with our own funds has definitely upheld our image globally,” Finance Minister AMA Muhith said. 

The construction work of the country's largest bridge began on December 12, 2015 and will hopefully be completed by the end of this year.

Along with Bangladeshis, Chinese, American, British, Indian, and Japanese nationals are working round the clock on the project.    

The Padma Bridge will not only ease communication between Dhaka and the southern part of the country but also change the economic landscape. 

The southern region will become the country's biggest economic zone after opening of the Padma Bridge.