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PM Hasina opens Padma Bridge Dhaka-Bhanga rail service

  • Remaining portion of the project to open next year
  • Sheikh Rehana accompanying PM
Update : 10 Oct 2023, 12:36 PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday opened the train service on the 82km Dhaka-Bhanga route through the Padma Bridge.

She inaugurated the milestone project from Mawa Railway Station in Munshiganj. 

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reached the rally venue at 10:57am on Tuesday.

Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujan received the prime minister.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s youngest sister Sheikh Rehana and grandchildren are accompanying her. 

The remaining portion of the project linking Jessore is expected to be launched in June of next year, according to project officials.

On September 7, the trial run of a specialized train along the Dhaka-Bhanga route via the Padma Bridge concluded successfully.

Prior to this, Bangladesh Railway conducted a trial run from Bhanga to the Mawa end of the Padma Bridge on April 4, following the completion of the stone-less railway line on the bridge.

On October 14, of the preceding year, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the construction phase of the rail link connecting Dhaka and Jessore as part of the “Padma Bridge Rail Link Construction Project.”

The project is estimated to cost Tk39,246.80 crore, with the Exim Bank of China providing a loan of Tk21,036.70 crore.

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