35th span not installing today for navigability crisis
Published: 01:19 PM, 30 October 2020 Updated: 03:35 PM, 30 October 2020
Padma Bridge’s 35th span not installing today for navigability crisis; Photo: Daily Bangladesh
The 35th span of Padma Bridge, which was scheduled to place between the pillars no. 8 and 9 at Mawa point on Friday, is not being installed today due to a navigability crisis. However, once the navigability crisis is over, the span may install on Saturday or Sunday.
Padma Bridge Executive Engineer Dewan Md. Abdul Quader confirmed the matter to Daily Bangladesh on Friday.
He said the span was scheduled to be installed on Friday as per the pre-arranged schedule. If the span was placed, then 5,250 meters of the main bridge was supposed to be visible today.
However, a lot of silt has accumulated in the designated place. Normally there is a depth of 70-80 feet but now the depth is 6-7 feet. It was not possible to bring the span with a capacity of 3,600 tons at such a low depth of water, the Executive Engineer added.
Construction of the Padma Bridge began in December 2014. China Major Bridge Engineering Company (MBEC), a Chinese contractor, is working on the construction of the main bridge, and Sino Hydro Corporation, another company in the country, is working on river governance. The main shape of this multipurpose bridge, which is 6.15 km long, will be two-storied. The structure of the Padma Bridge is being constructed with concrete and steel. Vehicles will run on the upper part of the bridge and train on the lower part.