Bangladesh's largest Padma bridge to open to traffic on June 25

DHAKA: Bangladesh's largest bridge, the Padma, will open to traffic on June 25, according to a minister.  Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader made the announcement after meeting Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka.  "Our Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will open the bridge in a grand ceremony on June 25 morning," he said. The bridge's toll prices have already been set by the Bangladesh government.

Toll prices would range from 100 takas to over 6,000 takas, according to a gazette notification. The massive infrastructure project is the largest and most difficult in Bangladesh's history, with the main bridge stretching 6.15 kilometres.

The Padma River bridge, which connects Bangladesh's northeastern and southern regions, is also a significant component of a planned trans-Asian railway network. 

Hasina launched the bridge's primary construction work in 2015.  

About 40 kilometres southwest of Dhaka is the Padma multipurpose bridge.

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