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Another Meghna bridge construction to begin this year

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The construction of another Meghna bridge through Bhulta-Araihazar-Bancharampur is expected to start this year under the government-to-government (G2G) public-private partnership (PPP) model.

Bangladesh pairs up with South Korea to do the job.

The feasibility study on the proposed bridge having a length of around 2.75 km ends next month.

The information was shared after a visit of a delegation comprising the PPP Authority (PPPA), Korean embassy, Bangladesh Bridges Authority and Korean private investors to the project site.

Local government officials and political leaders also joined them during a ferry trip from Narayanganj's Bishnandi to the other side of the river in Brahmanbaria.

The delegation included PPPA secretary and CEO Sultana Afroz, Korean ambassador Lee Jang-Keun and representatives of Korea Overseas Infrastructure & Urban Development Corporation, and Korean investors, including Daewoo.

AB Tajul Islam, a member of parliament from the Brahmanbaria-06 constituency, received them.

The envoy says the commencement of the construction of the new bridge by the Korean Consortium will coincide with 50 years of the Bangladesh-Korea diplomatic ties.

Ms Afroz says the PPPA and the bridges division are working hard to expedite the implementation of the project. The initial work is progressing fast.

She believes this bridge is another step towards achieving a developed country as envisioned by Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Lawmaker Mr Islam highlights that the project will establish a direct road link with Dhaka, reduce traffic jam on highways and improve lives of people in the surrounding areas.

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