Padma bridge nearly 90 percent done: Quader...

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Padma bridge nearly 90 percent done: Quader

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 03:34 PM, 11 September 2020   Updated: 03:52 PM, 11 September 2020

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader

The overall progress of the Padma Bridge project is more than 81 percent and the main bridge structure has reached 90 percent completed, said Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader.

He came up with an update while reviewing the progress of the Padma Bridge project on Friday through a video conference from his official residence.

Thirty-one among the total 41 spans of Padma bridge have been established so far. The installation of 31 spans makes 4,650 meters of the main bridge visible, said Obaidu Quader.

Obaidul Quader also Awami League General Secretary said the work of 42 pillars has already been completed and the work of river administration stood at 84 percent. Besides, the work of connecting the road and toll plaza at Mawa and Jajira ends has already been completed.

Obaidul Quader said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will open the country's first eye-catching Expressway from Dhaka to Mawa and Pachchar to Bhanga after it is completed. 

Regarding the BNP secretary general's statement on Election Commission's initiative to amend the registration law of political parties, Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader said, "Election matters are under the jurisdiction of the Election Commission and the government has no statement on the issue."

Obaidul Quader said, it is a constitutional institution, if there is any statement of the government, the government will also inform the Election Commission. The government will continue to co-operate with the Election Commission in the future in conducting fair, free and participatory elections in accordance with the Constitution, which is the organizational responsibility of the government.

Mentioning that the formation of the Election Commission is through a constitutional process, the Awami League General Secretary said that the President formed a search committee to form the commission, which included a representative of the BNP.

He said that now there is BNP-backed representatives in the Election Commission, but there was no Awami League-backed representatives in the commission during the BNP's tenure. It is not the government's prerogative to form or abolish the Election Commission, but the President will take appropriate action in due course.

Bridge Secretary Belayet Hossain, project director Shafiqul Islam and representatives of construction companies also joined the vitual meeting.