30th span of Padma Bridge installed, 4.5km now visible
Published: 11:37 AM, 30 May 2020 Updated: 02:52 PM, 30 May 2020
Photo: Daily Bangladesh
The 30th span of the much-awaited Padma Multipurpose Bridge was installed on Saturday at Jajira point in Shariatpur amid the nationwide shutdown to contain the spread of COVID-19. With the installation of the span, 4.5 kilometres out of total 6.15km of the main structure of the bridge has become visible.
The 150-meter long span among the total 41 was placed between the 26th and the 27th pillars at the Jajira point of the bridge around 9:35 am.
According to Padma Bridge project sources, 10 spans of the bridge have been installed this year. Of these, four spans have been installed from March 27 to May 30 during the nationwide general holidays. It would have been possible to install 34 spans by May if there has no coronavirus outbreak. However, all the 42 pillars of the bridge have been prepared to install spans even during the coronavirus crisis.
Along with the spans installation, construction work of roadway slabs and railway slabs is also progressing simultaneously. 10 out of 20 spans have been installed at the Mawa point of Padma Bridge. In addition, a span has been installed in the mid-river and 19 out of 20 spans have been set up at the Jazira point. Of the total 41 spans, 39 has been brought to Mawa. Of these, 30 have been installed. Welding, assembling and painting work on nine spans is going on at Kumarbhog Construction Yard in Mawa. All other equipment, including parts of the remaining two spans, will be reached the Mawa construction site by June 15.
The concerned authorities of the bridge said that the remaining 11 spans are expected to be installed by August this year though the stipulated time is till November. As per the project details, the construction of the 6.15-kilometre long Padma Bridge is going on in full swing amid the nationwide shutdown with the target of completing it within the stipulated time.