Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said she had to redo the design of the 6.15-km Padma Bridge to increase its length keeping in mind the characteristics of the mighty river.
The PM said she resigned the bridge afresh since the feasibility report found differences in the depth of the mighty Padma River at different locations in the bridge project site.
She said the flows and bottom-soil of the rivers including Jamuna and Padma change after every rainy season in the country. Since the situation here in Bangladesh is not the same as in other countries, it’ll have to take plans properly keeping this difference in mind.
“I didn't allow making the Padma Bridge smaller. We’ve constructed the bridge keeping buffer zones with the river. So, the bridge has become the longest one (in the country),” she said.
Hasina said those who designed the Bangabandhu Bridge (the bridge over the Jamuna) at its current length had been wrong.
“But I think it was a wrong decision to reduce the bridge over Jamuna to a 4 kilometres one. Since its design and plan were made earlier, we had nothing more to do there. I had been able to include only the rail line in it,” she said.
She said when Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had gone on visit to Japan, he discussed with the Japanese government about the construction of a bridge over the Jamuna River. Japan then sent a team in 1974 to conduct a feasibility study over it.
Agriculture Minister Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder, Land Minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury, Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md. Shahab Uddin, Prime Minister's Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Affairs Adviser Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, State Minister for Water Resources Zaheed Farooque, Principal Coordinator (SDG Affairs) Zuena Aziz and PMO Senior Secretary Md Tofazzel Hossain Miah, among others, were present.