Eighth span of Padma Bridge installed, 1200 metres now visible

Sun Online Desk

20th February, 2019 01:55:38 printer

Eighth span of Padma Bridge installed, 1200 metres now visible

The eighth span of the 6.15- kilometre long Padma Bridge has been installed,  making a 1200-metre stretch of its main structure visible.


The span was placed on its 35th and 36th pillars at Janjira end in Shariatpur at around 12:35pm on Wednesday.


Earlier, the eighth span has started its journey from the specialized workshop at Kumarbhogh in Mawa on Tuesday morning towards Janjira end through a 3,600 metric ton capacity floating crane Tian-E. The span carrying crane reached Janjira end on Wednesday morning.


Another new span titled '6-D' is expected to be installed on the 34th and 35th pillars of the bridge at the Janjira end by March 10.


Earlier on October 14, 2018, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina unveiled the name plaque of Padma Bridge Toll Plaza at the Mawa end.


According to experts, the national economy is expected to witness 1.2 percent GDP growth rate, while 0.84 percent poverty will be reduced every year after completion of the bridge to be built with an estimated cost of Taka 30,193.39 crore.


The first span of the Padma Bridge was installed on September 30, 2017. The second span was installed four months later on January 28, 2018 while the third one was placed on March 11, after one and a half months.


 The fourth span was positioned on May 13, after two months. After one month and 16 days, the fifth span was installed on June 29.