Train to run on Padma Bridge by 2021: Railways Minister
Published: 07:42 PM, 24 September 2020
Railway Minister and others at the check distribution ceremony; Photo: Daily Bangladesh
Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujon expressed hope that the train will run on the Padma Bridge by December 2021.
“The dream Padma Bridge will be opened to the public by 2021. The Padma Bridge was once a dream, which has now come true through the Sheikh Hasina government,” he said while paying compensation of Tk 12.70 crore to 44 families affected by the acquisition of land for the rail line at Shibchar upazila in Madaripur on Thursday afternoon
He said work is underway to open the railway line connected to the Padma Bridge to the public by December next year. The Padma Bridge rail link will be extended to Barishal-Kuakata- Payra Port. It will be possible to establish very fast communication with the capital.
The Railway Minister further said that with the opening of the Padma Bridge, the railway line from Dhaka to Bhanga in Faridpur will be launched. Later, if the ongoing work is completed by 2024, the railway line from Dhaka to Jashore will be started, he added.
He said that as the railway line from Chattogram to Cox’s Bazar, Khulna to Mongla is being extended, this railway line will be taken to Payra Port and Kuakata through Padma Bridge. Besides, Bangladesh will be known as a developed country in 2041 if rail communication is well established along with road communication.
Among others, Secretary of the Ministry of Railways Md. Selim Reza, Additional Secretary Pranab Kumar Ghosh, Director General Md. Samsuzzaman and Deputy Commissioner of Shariatpur Kazi Abu Taher accompanied him during his visit.