‘Padma Bridge’, Bangladesh’s longest Bridge was inaugurated by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina this Saturday (25 June).
The said bridge aims to reduce the distance between the capital city Dhaka to the Mongla Seaport, it is said to be 6.15 kilometers long bridge on River Padma (River Ganga) that connects Bangladesh's southwestern with the rest of the country. It’s a multipurpose two-story bridge providing road and rail transit.
The main bridge is 6.15 km long, it stretches for 10.642 kilometers with 41 spans attached to 42 pillars.
The Bangladeshi government told ANI, “The completion of the Padma Bridge is a dream come true for the 170 million people of Bangladesh. It is a unique infrastructural initiative of the Government of Bangladesh led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,"
The completion of the Padma Bridge is a significant milestone for the
government led by Sheikh Hasina, as it took nearly 25 years to complete the project.
The project’s total cost crossed Rs 25,000 crore, after several revisions. The government spent over Rs 67,000 crore to date to develop connectivity with the road and rail network to the country's southwestern regions, according to Dhaka Tribune.
The construction work for the bridge began in 2015, even though Prime Minister Hasina first proposed the Padma Bridge construction in the year 1997 after China Major Bridge Engineering Ltd was selected to build the bridge in 2014.
Bangladesh has major rivers crisscrossing the country, making it a deltaic nation. People of the country mostly depend on ferries to cross the river. Making the availability of bridges a major need to help with transportation.
Padma bridge, with its completion, becomes only the second bridge on River Padma.