‘Padma Bridge now visible, 1st span installed’: Quader

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Shariatpur, September 30: Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Saturday said the first span of the much-talked-about Padma Bridge was installed and the bridge is now visible.“With the installation of the first span, the Padma Bridge is now visible even the dark clouds,” he said.

Obaidul Quader, also ruling Awami League general secretary, came up with the assertion while talking to reporters at Jajira Jetty of Shariatpur after visiting the span installation site this morning.

The Padma Bridge construction work is going on breaking all barriers and efforts are on to complete the work in due time, Quader said.

The installation work of the 150-meter long span on pier-37 and pier-38 began around 8:00am at Jajira point and ended around 10:00am.

This is the first among the 41 spans to be installed on the 6.15km bridge.

A total of 47.5 percent work of the project has been completed till now, said the minister. The other spans would be set up gradually, he added.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will formally inaugurate the installation work soon after she returns home, he said.

The construction work of the long-cherished Padma Bridge started in December, 2015. It is expected to be completed by December next year.