MUNSHIGANJ The 23rd span of the much-awaited Padma
Multipurpose Bridge was installed today at the Zazira point in Shariatpur
district, making 3,450 meters out of total 6.15kms of the main structure of the
The 150-meter long span '6-A' was installed on the pillar no. 31 and 32 at
the Zazira point around 2:50pm, said Engineer Humayun Kabir of the bridge
Earlier, the work to take the span near the pillars by 'Tian-E' crane at
Zazira point from Munshiganj's Kumarbhog Construction Yard started at around
9am, he said.
With the installation of this span, total 23 spans out of 41 were installed
in phases. The rest will be installed by July next, Humayun Kabir added.
Installation of the 23rd span was delayed by one day due to bad weather.
Although it was planned to put up a total of three spans per month, but
only two spans were installed in January due to adverse weather. However, the
number is expected to increase in February.
Padma Multipurpose Bridge Engineering Department sources said work of 37
pillars out of 42 has been completed so far.
So far, the physical progress of the main bridge is 85.05 percent, as the
construction work is progressing rapidly.
The Padma Bridge project has witnessed an overall progress of 76.05
According to experts, the national economy is expected to witness 1.2
percent GDP growth rate, while 0.84 percent poverty will be reduced every
year after completion of the bridge to be built with an estimated cost of
Taka 30,193.39 crore.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)