Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday unveiled the name plaque of Bangladesh’s largest Padma Bridge as 60 per cent construction of the mega project has been completed.
The Prime Minister, who flew to Mawa end of the bridge in the morning to unveil the plaque of the 6.15 kilometer-long bridge, also inaugurated the 1,300-meter permanent river bank protection work in Mawa-Kandipara-Jasholdia area.
At a civic gathering on the occasion of the name plaque unveiling ceremony, Hasina also hoped that Bangladesh’s economy will grow additionally by 1.2 per cent once the construction of the bridge is completed.
The bridge, cost of which is estimated at Tk 30,193.39 crore takas, will connect the country between south and north, and help grow the business. With the completion of the bridge, 19 southern districts will be directly connected with Dhaka by road and rail.
An amount of Tk 12,972.46-crore has so far been spent, according to state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency.
With the setting up the fifth span, officials said, 750-meter of the main structure of the bridge has become visible. The bridge is being constructed with most modern technologies and materials.
The bridge is being built with steel and concrete structures and vehicles will ply through its upper deck and train will run through the lower deck, according to official.
The expressway construction project of Dhaka (Jatrabari)-Mawa and Pachchar-Bhanga Highway was approved by the ECNEC on May 3 in 2016.
The 51-km highway was upgraded to the four lanes from two lanes as per a modern traffic design, and Tk 6,852.29-crore was spent for implementing the scheme.
There is a 5.5-meter width separate lane on both sides of the highway for slow-moving vehicles and a five-meter width median in the middle of the highway.
And arrangements have been made for construction of metro rail and elevated expressway by using this median.
Besides, there are 54 culverts, 20 underpasses, four big bridges, 25 small bridges, five flyovers, two interchanges and four railway overpasses.
Due to addition of these facilities, the highway has been turned into an expressway.