Dhaka – The structure of the much awaited Bangladesh’s mega bridge has become visible with installation of the span on the under-construction Padma Multi-purpose Bridge, which will connect the southern parts of the country with the capital.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader visited the installation work at Janjira point in Shariatpur district on Monday, the ministry said.
The first among 41 spans has been installed between pear-37 and pear-38 of the bridge. Thousands of enthusiastic people gathered on the bank of the Padma River to see the much talked about bridge was getting visible.
The 6.1 kilometers long bridge will have a four-lane highway on the upper level for motor vehicles and a single track railway on the lower level once the construction work is completed.
Nearly 47 per cent of the bridge construction project has been completed, according to officials at the ministry.
The government has planned to open the bridge to traffic at the end of next year to reduce passengers’ hassles to travel to and from the southern district crossing the Padama river using ferries.
Construction of the bridge began in December 2015 on Bangladeshi taxpayers fund after World Bank pulled up from its 1.2 billion dollar credit promise over an alleged corruption conspiracy.
A Canadian court, however, dismissed the allegation in February this year saying the information provided in the court was nothing more than speculation, gossip and rumours.