The 30th span of the 6.15-kilometre long Padma Bridge has been installed on the 26th and 27th pillars at the Jajira end in Shariatpur amid the nationwide shutdown to contain the spread of Covid-19.
The installation took place around 9:45am on Saturday morning, confirmed Dewan Md Abdul Kader, executive engineer of the mega project.With the installation of the span, 4,500 metres of the main structure of the bridge has become visible.
Some adjustments are still going on and the ‘5-B’ span was transferred from the Mawa Kumarbhog Construction Yard on Friday, said Abdul Kader.
With this, thirty spans out of 41 have already been installed and the last two spans are soon to be sent to Bangladesh by China, added the official.
Earlier, the 29th span of the Padma Bridge was installed on May 4, making 4.35 km out of the total 6.15 km visible.
As per the project details, the construction of the 6.15-kilometre long Padma Bridge is going on in full swing amid the nationwide shutdown with the target of completing it within the stipulated time.
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 per cent GDP growth rate, while 0.84 per cent 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.