30th span of Padma Bridge to be installed tomorrow
Published: 06:16 PM, 29 May 2020
If all goes well with the weather, the 30th span of the Padma Bridge will be installed on Saturday between pillars no. 26 and 27 at the Jajira end. However, if for some reason it is not possible to install the span on the day, it will be installed the next day.
In the meantime, the final work of the span has been completed and taken to the installed place. With this, 4 and a half kilometers, i.e. – 4,500 meters of the bridge will be visible. The remaining one and a half kilometers or 11 spans will be installed very soon after this.
Dewan Abdul Quader, Executive Engineer (Main Bridge) of Padma Bridge, confirmed the information.
He said that after installing the 30th span, there are plans to install the 31st span on the pillars before the monsoon season. And when the 31st span is installed, all the spans on the Jajira side will be installed.
Only 10 spans will be left at the end of Mawa, said Dewan Abdul Quader, adding, “That too will be done very soon.”
“There was no difficulty in the work of the Padma bridge due to coronavirus. The work of the bridge is going on in compliance with the hygiene rules. The whole project has been isolated due to the virus. So, the local and foreign workers here are much safer. There are no problems to work at a safe distance here. No one from outside is allowed to enter here now,” he added.
Earlier on May 4, the 29th span was placed on the 19th and 20th pillars of the Mawa side of the bridge, resulting in 4,350 meters or 4.35 kilometers of the bridge visible.
As of April 30, the progress of the main bridge has been 87 percent. The progress of river governance has been 71 percent. The overall progress of the bridge has been 79 percent.
Among the spans, 10 out of 20 are at the Mawa end, 18 out of 20 at the Jajira end and 1 in the middle char or between the two districts.
The 6.15 km long bridge will have two floors – roads will be on the top part and railways in the lower part. The distance from one pillar to another is about 150 meters. Each pillar is capable of carrying 50,000 tons of load.
With the courage of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the construction work of the Padma Bridge started in December 2014 with its own funds. The construction of the main bridge is being done by the Chinese contractor China Major Bridge Engineering Company (MBEC) and the river management is being done by China’s Sino Hydro Corporation.