Padma Bridge

30th span to be installed today

Staff Correspondent

30 May, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The 30th span of Padma Bridge will be installed at Jajira point today.

The 150 metres long and 3,140 tonnes weight span (5-B) will be placed between the 26th and 27th pillar around 10:00am. With the installation of the span, 4,500 metres of the bridge will be visible.

The construction work of the 6.15-kilometre Padma Bridge is continuing on full swing despite the nationwide shutdown. 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 Tk 30,193.39 crore.

Earlier on May 4, the 29th span was placed on the 19th and 20th pillars of the Mawa side of the bridge, resulting in 4,350 meters or 4.35 kilometers of the bridge visible.

As of April 30, the progress of the main bridge has been 87 percent. The progress of river governance has been 71 percent.

The overall progress of the bridge has been 79 percent.  Among the spans, 10 out of 20 are at the Mawa end, 18 out of 20 at the Jajira end and 1 in the middle char or between the two districts.

The 6.15 km long bridge will have two floors – roads will be on the top part and railways in the lower part. The distance from one pillar to another is about 150 meters. Each pillar is capable of carrying 50,000 tons of load.

With the courage of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the construction work of the Padma Bridge started in December 2014 with its own funds.

The construction of the main bridge is being done by the Chinese contractor China Major Bridge Engineering Company (MBEC) and the river management is being done by China’s Sino Hydro Corporation.