Padma Bridge construction takes 66,432 hours...

Padma Bridge construction takes 66,432hrs, 60 countries` materials used

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 08:08 PM, 23 June 2022   Updated: 08:10 PM, 23 June 2022

Padma Bridge construction takes 66,432hrs, 60 countries` materials used

Padma Bridge construction takes 66,432hrs, 60 countries` materials used

Padma Bridge is the largest communication project in the 50-year history of Bangladesh. After crossing many ups and downs, the capital was connected to the southern districts through this bridge. The dream Padma Bridge is now just waiting to be inaugurated. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will open the much-awaited Padma Bridge through a splendid inauguration ceremony on June 25.

Construction of the main bridge started on November 26, 2014. The work started from the depths of the drunken Padma. It takes 66,432 hours or  2768 days to complect the bridge.

A total of 60 countries' materials have been used in the Padma Bridge. This includes huge quantities of materials from China, the United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, Luxembourg, the United Arab Emirates, India, Malaysia and the United States. In addition, some materials from about 50 countries have been used.

While constructing the Padma Bridge, the fast-flowing Padma river has been brought to be fitted. The construction company had to go through hard time setting up pillars due to the dept and current - it was an almost impossible task to build a bridge over it. How big the project was, can be understood by looking at the huge workload. A maximum of five thousand people have worked together to complect the mega project.

The Padma Bridge is set for inauguration on June 25

The construction of the Padma Bridge has created many complications step by step and the design of the bridge has to be changed to handle them. The world's most advanced technology has been used in the construction of this bridge, which is about nine kilometers long (the main bridge is 6.15 kilometers).

The main bridge alone has about 289,000 tons of steel plates, all of which came from China. Besides, 1 lakh 8 thousand tons of rods have been used in the construction of main bridges and connecting roads. It is a matter of pride that all these rods are native. Special type bearings of maximum capacity have been used to make the Padma Bridge earthquake resistant. Total bearings like 96 sets. Surprisingly, the largest bearing weighs 15 tons.

About seven lakh tonnes locally made cement has been used in the Padma Bridge project. If all the cement was transported together with a truck with a capacity of 5 tons, about 140,000 trucks would be needed. A total of 65 lakh cubic meters of sand has been used in the entire construction, with which 19 crore 12 lakh 87 thousand square feet building can be constructed. Besides, about 2,100 tons of local bitumen was used for road casting on the bridge.

Most of the concrete stones used in the bridge have been brought from India, Bhutan and the United Arab Emirates. However, some are taken from the country. Work has been done after verifying the quality of the concrete.

Under the bridge, 40 piers have been placed on the river and two on each bank. To make the bridge durable, steel piles up to 122 meters deep with a radius of three meters brought from China have been placed under the poles of the river section; Which is the deepest and thickest pile in the world.

6.15 kilometers long Padma Bridge

Bosunia, a former professor of BUET's civil engineering department said, "Indigenous organizations have worked very smartly. They have enough efficiency but they are not getting proper equipment.”

Padma Bridge is a nation-building project for Bangladesh. The bridge will connect the people of 21 districts in the south and south-west of the country with Dhaka and other parts of the country by road. Will increase the change in the face of the economy.