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3,450 metres of Padma Bridge visible as 23rd span installed

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

bridge visible.

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

project.

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

percent.

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)