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Test run of train on Padma bridge completed
April 4th, 2023 at 4:59 pm
Test run of train on Padma bridge completed

by Staff Correspondent,

Dhaka – The trial run of a train on Bangladesh’s longest Padma bridge was completed safely on Tuesday, more than nine months after the bridge was opened to traffic for motor vehicles.

The train took more than two hours to ply on the newly constructed rail tract of Bhanga-Mawa route via the Padma bridge.

Railway Minister Nurul Islam Sujan inaugurated the test run of the special train.

He travelled by the train along with invited guests who attended the inaugural ceremony among others by Water Resources Deputy Minister AKM Enamul Haque Shameem, Chief Whip of Jatiya Sangsad Noor e Alam Chowdhary, lawmakers Mujibur Rahman Choudhary, Naeem Rajak, Shagufta Yasmeen Amily, Abdus Sobhan Golap and Faridpur Zila Parishad chairman Shahadat Hossain.

A select group of journalists also accompanied them on the train with seven newly imported Chinese coaches that started from Bhanga Station at 1:21 pm and reached the approach point in Shariatpur of Padma Bridge .

Then the train took 16 minutes to cross the 6.15-km bridge at a speed of 20 km per hour. It crossed Bhanga Junction and Panchor Shariatpur Station and Padma Station to finally end the trail run at Mawa Station at 3:18 pm.

Work of four stations, 13 major bridges and four signaling systems were completed, according to the Padma Bridge Rail Link Project officials. The train line will connect Dhaka with southern districts.  

Progress of Mawa-Bhanga part of the rail tract and stations is recorded 91 per cent progress while progress from Mawa to Dhaka was 72.50 per cent and Bhanga-Jashore 68 per cent.

Bangladesh Railway has been implementing Padma Bridge Rail Line project at a cost of Tk 392.46 billion to establish totally new rail track from Dhaka to Jashore through the country’s longest bridge.

China provided Tk 210.36 billion as loan for the project, which was approved on January 01, 2016 targeting to complete by 30 June, 2024.