All the four lanes of the bridge have been reopened on a limited scale after emergency repairs
The Buriganga Bridge (Bangladesh-China Friendship Bridge-1), popularly known as Postogola Bridge over the Buriganga river, was severely damaged when the rescue ship Prottoy tried to pass underneath on its way to salvage a sunken ship at Farashganj ghat.
According to a report made by a technical team a girder of the bridge was completely damaged and another was severely damaged by the impact.
The technical team visited the bridge on Tuesday morning and submitted an instant report to the Roads and Highways Department.
However, later in the day, all the four lanes of the bridge were reopened by the authorities on a limited scale after performing emergency repairs on the damaged girders.
Abu Naser Tipu, public relations officer of the Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges, confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.
Since Monday night, traffic was suspended in two lanes of the four lane bridge as girders, which were badly damaged, are the main components of a bridge’s stability, confirmed Roads and Highways Department Dhaka zone Additional Chief Engineer Md Sabuj Uddin Khan.
The vehicles on the route were asked to use the second Buriganga Bridge at Babubazar as an alternative.
Postogola Bridge has regular busy traffic as it connects Dhaka city to many districts of Barisal and Khulna Division. Until the bridge is completely repaired, people will suffer from traffic grid-lock.
Sabuj told Dhaka Tribune: “It will take time to repair the two girders as it is the rainy season now and the river is flooded.
A Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) rescue ship named Prottoy was going to Farashganj from Narayanganj to rescue a ship that capsized in the river killing at least 32 people.
Earlier, BIWTA Chairman Commodore Golam Sadeq said the rescue ship could not pass from underneath the Buriganga Bridge-1 as it was too tall.
“The ship hit the girder when it tried to pass under the bridge, but the damage was not severe as far as I know,” he added.
Sabuj Uddin Khan said the rescue ship hit one of the girders of Postogola Bridge between 2pm to 2:30pm on Monday.
He also added: “I think the incident occurred due to the negligence of the captain and the drivers of the ship.”