Printed on Mon Sep 26 2022 7:49:54 PM

'Work is underway to open the Padma Bridge by this year last'

Staff Correspondent
Padma Bridge
PM Sheikh Hasina has said that work is in full swing to make the Padma Bridge open for traffic by the end of this year.

The PM said this in response to a question in Parliament on Wednesday. Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury presided over the question and answer session.

Replying to a question from ruling party MP Shahiduzzaman Sarkar, the PM said the Padma Bridge is going to be one of the biggest challenging projects in the history of the country for a developing country like Bangladesh. Work on the approach road and service area at both ends of the Padma Bridge project has been completed. The physical progress of the main bridge is 96.50%. With the installation of the 41st span in December 2020, the two banks of the Padma Bridge have been directly connected. Carpeting on the bridge, carpeting on the viaduct, waterproof membrane, movement joints of the main bridge and viaduct, lampposts, aluminum railings, gas pipelines, 400 KVA power and railway construction is underway. Construction of 27 km connecting road from Naodoba end of Jajira in Padmapur Shariatpur to district town has started. Work is in full swing to make the Padma Bridge open for traffic by the end of 2022.

The PM said work on the railway line from Dhaka to Mawa is progressing fast with the target of completing the work of the railway connection from Bhanga to Jessore in 2023 and 2024.

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