32nd span of Padma Bridge likely to be installed tomorrow
Published: 09:22 PM, 10 October 2020 Updated: 09:27 PM, 10 October 2020
The 32nd span of the much-anticipated Padma Bridge is likely to be installed tomorrow as it could not be installed today due to heavy current of the river.
“We will make our efforts again to install the 32nd span in the morning tomorrow,” Md. Shafiqul Islam, Project Director of the Padma Multipurpose Bridge Project told today.
Dewan Md Abdul Kader, executive engineer of the project, said the 32nd span– linking the 4thth and 5th piers – will be installed at Mawa end.
Earlier, the 31st span of Padma Bridge was installed on June 10 this year.
The engineer further said that 870 out of 2,917 roadway slabs, 1,400 out of 2,959 rail slabs and 195 out of 438 viaduct girders have been installed. Out of 41 spans of the main bridge, 31 have been installed.
The remaining 10 spans are in the Mawa Construction Yard. All of which have been completed. It is expected that it will be possible to install all the spans by December.
On October 14, 2018, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina unveiled the name plaque of Padma Bridge Toll Plaza at the Mawa end.
According to experts, the national economy is expected to witness a 1.2 percent GDP growth rate, while 0.84 percent of poverty will be reduced every year after completion of the bridge to be built with an estimated cost of Tk 30,193.39 crore.
The first span of the Padma Bridge was installed on September 30, 2017.
The 6.15km-long bridge will have a total of 41 spans.