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Quader: Timely completion of Padma Bridge work uncertain

  • Published at 04:00 pm September 9th, 2018
File photo: Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader addresses a press briefing at the Syedpur Airport in Nilphamari on Sunday, September 9, 2018 Dhaka Tribune

Span installation has become more difficult

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has expressed uncertainty over the completion of Padma Bridge construction work on schedule.

“The Padma River is the most unpredictable one. Although everything is ready, I am still not sure about its timely completion," said the minister while speaking at a press briefing at Syedpur Airport, Nilphamari—before heading towards Dhaka at 10:30am on Sunday.

“It has become tough to install spans… now it has become a herculean task. The construction work is delayed by this uncertainty,” he added.  

On BNP, Quader – also the Awami League’s general secretary – said Khaleda’s party has been trying to create anarchy ahead of the upcoming national election. He says this is the result of BNP having failed to wage a movement against the government, reports UNB.

Responding to a question, he said BNP has not been able to wage a movement against the government in the last 10 years. “People did not even respond when the BNP chairperson was out of jail. To avoid the election, BNP is now trying to create chaos.”

An Awami League delegation, led by party General Secretary, Obaidul Quader, left Kamalapur Railway Station in the capital, for Nilphamari, by a train on Saturday morning.  They left to campaign in the northern districts.

They have held rallies at railway stations in the: Tangail, Pabna, Natore, Bogura, Joypurhat, Dinajpur, and Nilphamari districts—and directed the AL grassroots leaders to prepare for the election.