Dream turns into reality tomorrow...

Dream turns into reality tomorrow

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 03:30 PM, 24 June 2022   Updated: 03:36 PM, 24 June 2022

Dream turns into reality tomorrow

Dream turns into reality tomorrow

A bridge. A dream; and the name of that dream is Padma Bridge, the largest bridge in the country. But now it is not a dream at all rather than is reality. This dream started almost two decades ago. The dream comes true eight years after the construction work started on December 7, 2014. The wait is over, and the turn to move forward begins. People of 21 districts of the country are counting the epic Padma Bridge opening ceremony.

The much-awaited Padma Bridge will be inaugurated tomorrow (Saturday, June 25). Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the bridge through two ceremonies at Mawa and Jajira ends of the bridge. The bridge will be open for traffic on Sunday (June 26) at 6 am.

Ahead of the inaugural ceremony, work is going on full swing on the two banks of the Padma. Mawa of Munshiganj, Jajira of Shariatpur and Shibchar upazila of Madaripur have been decorated with banners and festoons. Both sides of the road and important buildings are illuminated by neon lights. A kind of festive mood is prevailing among the people of these areas. They are proud to have built the country's largest infrastructure in their area.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the Padma Bridge as the chief guest, for which strict security measures have been taken on both sides. It can be said that the whole area has been covered with a security blanket. Members of all law enforcement agencies including NSI, SB, DB, RAB, and Police are working relentlessly.

The area has been decorated ahead of the inauguration ceremony of Padma Bridge. On the way from Mawa to Dhaka, two sides of the road have been decorated from the second bridge of Buriganga. Large banners and signboards are being decorated. And from the very beginning of the Dhaka-Mawa Highway Expressway to Mawa Ghat, the walls on both sides of the road and several large buildings in the vicinity have been illuminated.

The Prime Minister will attend two events at Mawa and Jazira. A large stage and pandal have been set up at the very beginning of the Padma Bridge at Mawa end. The whole pendulum is covered with a triple. The Director General of RAB also visited the meeting place.

Meanwhile, the main public meeting place at the end of Jazira has been completely decorated. The main stage here is modeled like Padma Bridge. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will address the gathering on Saturday. It is expected that more than 10 lakh people will gather here. The whole meeting place has been prepared for the arrival of this huge number of people. The meeting place will be divided into several sections and people will be allowed to sit. For this, it has been surrounded separately with bamboo.

The length of Padma Bridge is 6.15 km. The length of the two sides viaduct is 3.68 km. In all, the length of the bridge is 9.83 km. The total cost is 30,193 crore. With the money from Padma Bridge project, the railway service has been arranged on the bridge. The construction of the railway line has not started yet.

The Padma Bridge will directly connect 21 south and south-west districts of the country with the rest of the country. The bridge will connect Mongla, Benapole ports with the capital and the port city of Chattogram. In addition to facilitating movement, the Padma Bridge will have a positive impact on the economy. According to the survey, if the Padma Bridge project is implemented, the gross domestic product (GDP) will increase by 1.2 percent. The GDP of the south-west region will increase by 2.3 percent.

The foundation stone of the Padma Bridge was laid on July 4, 2001, by the then Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. But the work on the bridge did not progress for a few years. Initiatives were taken to implement this project which was stalled after the Awami League came to power again in 2009. In 2012, the World Bank canceled the loan agreement alleging corruption. On May 4, 2013, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced the construction of the Padma Bridge with our own funds.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina officially inaugurated the construction of the main bridge and river training work on December 6, 2014. On September 30, 2017, the first span was placed on pillars No. 37 and 38. The final (41st) span of the bridge was installed on 10 December 2020 at 12:02 PM. The last road slab was installed on the span that linked pillars 12 and 13 of the Padma bridge on 24 August 2021 at 10:12 AM.