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Hasina visits Padma Bridge for the first time after winning a challenge at the World Bank

Dhaka: Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, accompanied by her sister Sheikh Hasina, visited the Padma Bridge for the first time after winning a challenge with the World Bank. ..

Sheikh Hasina, who rejected the claim, challenged the World Bank in 2014 and announced that the country would build a bridge with national funds. The allegations of corruption proved unfounded in Canadian courts. An investigation by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) found no evidence of corruption in the project.

Hasina arrived at the bridge after 7 am on Friday, and after the assassination in August 1975, walked 2 km on the bridge with her sister, the only survivor of the Banga Bandu Sheikh Mujiburrahman family.

The Prime Minister inspected the progress of the long-awaited bridge construction site and looked cheerful and satisfied.

Hasina left the area around 10 am after attending a breakfast event arranged by the Bangladesh Bridge Department at the Janjira site.

The Padma Bridge became visible on September 30, 2017, with the first spans installed on columns 37 and 38. After 38 months, the installation work for all spans was completed.

After the last span installation on 9 December, the Padma Multipurpose Bridge is 6,150 meters long, just above the Orlando Bridge in Sweden.

In Madaripur’s Shivcha, three districts are involved, so structures such as bridge toll roads and connecting roads have collapsed. The length of the bridge in the main body of the river is 6.15 km, and 41 spans (each 150 meters in length) are connected to 42 pillars.

The two-story metal and concrete bridge provides road transport on the upper floors and trains on the lower floors.

There are 2,917 road slabs for road transport and 2,959 railroad slabs for trains. Of these, as of November 30, 1,239 road slabs and 1,860 railroad slabs have been installed.

In addition, four-kilometer viaducts have already been built on either side of the bridge, not including steel spans.

However, according to project director Md Shafiqul Islam, the bridge construction could be completed by 2022 due to the delay in construction due to the pandemic.

In 2007, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council approved the Padma Bridge construction project at the expense of 10,162 Cloretaka.

The bridge was previously scheduled for test run by 2013. Since then, project spending has been tripled to 20,507 chloretaka in 2011, 28,793 chloretaka in 2016, and 30,193 chloretaka in 2018. It has tripled.

The World Bank has $ 1.2 billion, ADB $ 615 million, JICA $ 415 million, and IDB 140 million for a $ 2.9 billion Padma Bridge project aimed at increasing connectivity for people in the 19 southwestern regions. I promised a dollar.

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