The Padma Bridge is set to be a landmark achievement for the current government
Among the mega-projects that have become integral to the development of Bangladesh over the past decade or so, perhaps none have been more pivotal and more challenging than the construction of the Padma Bridge.
To that end, it is extremely encouraging to learn that we may be very close to its completion, with 6km of the 6.15km long bridge now visible, and 40 of the 41 total spans of the bridge have been installed.
The Padma Bridge is set to be a landmark achievement for the current government as; despite all the issues faced during its construction period from the very beginning, the fact is that it is now almost complete, and all the authorities concerned and all stakeholders involved deserve credit. However, now that we are at the final stretch, it is important to not become complacent.
The government must ensure that there are no further delays in ensuring its completion and that the people of Bangladesh can avail the myriad benefits the Padma Bridge will undoubtedly offer the Bangladesh economy.
According to some estimates and also echoed by Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, the GDP rate in Bangladesh is set to increase by 1.5-2% on its completion.
Moreover, Bangladesh must continue to invest in its infrastructure; yes, the completion of the Padma Bridge is a massive achievement for us, but we have plenty of work left to do before the infrastructure capacity in our country is on par with economies we aspire to catch up to.