Dhaka – Bangladesh’s longest bridge, which is now being constructed on Padma river, is likely to be opened to traffic in 2021 instead of the year 2020, according to a senior minister.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader came up with the information on Thursday saying that the construction of the bridge would be completed by next year.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the bridge in June 2021, the minister told reporters at Bangladesh Secretariat where the Finance Division and Bangladesh Bridge Authority signed an agreement on the payment of the loan of the Padma Multipurpose Bridge in presence of the minister.
Quader said 83 percent of the bridge’s main work has been completed.
The construction of the 6.15-kilometre long Padma Bridge began in December 2014 with a projected target, revised for many times, of completion by December 2020.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina unveiled the name plaque of the Bridge’s toll plaza on October 14, 2018.
The first span of the bridge, which will connect the country’s southern part with the capital, was installed on September 30, 2017.
The national economy is expected to grow by 1.2 percent, while it will contribute to reduce poverty by 0.84 per cent every year after the commissioning of the bridge.
The cost for construction of the bridge is estimated at 30,193.39 crore taka.