Some 100,000 people of Fulbari, Nageshwari, and Bhurungamari upazilas of Kurigram will benefit largely from the construction of the bridge
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has opened the second Dharla Bridge in Kurigram district.
She inaugurated the bridge, named Sheikh Hasina Dharla Bridge, through a video conference from her official residence Ganabhaban on Sunday.
The 950-meter long bridge over the Dharla River has connected Fulbari upazila of Kurigram and Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila.
Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) implemented the bridge project. The construction work on the bridge started in 2014.
Some 100,000 people of Fulbari, Nageshwari, and Bhurungamari upazilas of Kurigram benefit largely from the construction of the bridge, as they can now communicate with the Rangpur divisional city in a short time.
The 9.8-metre wide bridge has 19 spans and 2.919km of approach roads.
The main bridge cost Tk131.58 crore, while the approach roads Tk13.09, the 3.5-km river training works Tk43.50 crore, and land acquisition cost Tk2.33 crore.
The total estimated cost of the bridge project was Tk206.85 crore.
At the launching event at Ganabhaban, Local Government, Rural Development, and Cooperatives Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain delivered the welcome speech, while Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman conducted it.
Local Government Division Senior Secretary Dr Zafar Ahmed Khan made a video presentation.