The 6.15-kilometre long Padma Multipurpose Bridge is not just a structure, it is a dream that came true for the entire nation at home and abroad.
“The Padma Bridge is our pride and the pride for the entire nation, because Bangladesh can construct such a mega structure with own fund. We have proved that we can do that,” a bus passenger bound to Pirojpur, Saiful Islam, told BSS at Fulbaria bus stand on Saturday.
“Everything is going well to open the Padma Bridge on June 25,” said Md Shafiqul Islam, Project Director (PD) of the Padma Multipurpose Bridge Authority.
He said that workers and experts have been working relentlessly to ensure 100 percent completion of all works, adding, “We are checking electric lines, electric bulbs and other works to finish all activities within the stipulated time.”
An international consultant, based in Melbourne, Saleque Sufi said the dream of millions of people is now visible due to bold and dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, as she is very much committed to make people’s dream into reality.
He said the Padma Bridge will help mass people take their living standard to a new height and it will also create new employment opportunities in the region.
“After inauguration of the bridge, mills, factories and other business establishments will develop in the region including Faridpur, Madaripur, Shariatpur, Khulna, Jashore, Barisal, Patuakhali and other adjacent districts,” said the consultant.
“Once the Padma Bridge is opened, the misery of the people of the south-western districts will be removed and their socioeconomic position will be enhanced,” he said.
Another passenger bound to Gopalganj said that due to the Padma Bridge, travelling time will be reduced drastically, employment will be increased and life standard will be upgraded.
He said thousands of people have been crossing the river facing intolerable sufferings since the Independence of Bangladesh, which will be ended from June 25, 2022 as the Prime Minister will inaugurate the bridge to traffic. “If it is opened, it will take three hours to reach Dhaka from Gopalganj. Now we need five to six hours,” the passenger said.
He said one day, Shahidul Islam, a private employee, was waited for a ferry for around two hours to cross the river. Shahidul Islam frequently visited Dhaka from Muksudpur by bus. He works at Pallabi in the capital and every weekend he visits his village.
Economic experts projected that with the inauguration of the Padma Bridge, the country’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product) will boost by 1.5-2 percent.
They said the Padma Bridge will change the economic landscape of southwestern Bangladesh, as well as it will connect many countries of South and Southeast Asia and contribute to communication, trade, industry, tourism and many other sectors in many ways.
Meanwhile, Mongla Sea Port, Payra Sea Port, Barisal, Jashore, Faridpur, Narail, Bagerhat, Pirojpur and Khulna will directly connect with Dhaka and other cities through Padma Bridge that will create job, increase export and other facilities.
SM Habibur Rahman, Chairman of Bhanga Upazila Parishad in Faridpur, said, “Hon’ble Prime Minister will open the Padma Bridge on June 25. We thanked her from the core of our hearts,” he said.