The Financial Express

27th span of Padma Bridge installed despite coronavirus crisis

Published: March 28, 2020 14:37:15 | Updated: March 28, 2020 16:52:26

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About 4,050 metres of the much-hyped Padma Bridge became visible with the installation of its 27th span on Saturday.

Md Murad Quader, deputy assistant engineer of the Padma Bridge Project, said  the work on Padma bridge is underway despite the crisis over coronavirus pendamic.

The 5-F span, weighing 3,140 tonnes, was installed on pillar no 27 and 28 of the bridge at around 9:20am.

Earlier, the 150-metre long span was brought near pillar no 28 by a floating crane to Shariatpur point from Maowa point at 10:00am on Friday, according to a news agency report.

“We are working to install two more spans within the mid of April,” the engineer added.

According to the Padma Bridge authorities, after the installment of 27th span, it is needed to install 14 more spans to make the whole 6.15 km Padma Bridge visible.

On January 20, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said the bridge will be opened to traffic by 2021.

Once in operation, the Padma Bridge, Bangladesh’s largest infrastructure project till date, will connect 21 southern districts with the capital and boost the GDP by 1 per cent.

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