24 May 2022, 20:33

Padma Bridge to be named after Padma River 

DHAKA, May 24, 2022 (BSS) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed the 
authorities concerned to name the 6.15-km long Padma Multipurpose Bridge 
after the mighty river Padma.
"Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today made a directive to name the long-
cherished road-rail bridge after the river Padma," Road Transport and Bridges 
Minister Obaidul Quader told journalists emerging from a meeting held at 
Ganabhaban, the official residence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, here.

During the meeting, Quader discussed the bridge and its inauguration with the 
"The bridge will be named after the Padma River. . . not after the name of 
any member of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's 
family," said Quader, also General Secretary of the ruling Awami League, 
replying to a question.
"The name of Padma Bridge will be after the name of the river. I (PM) don't 
want anyone's name here," Quader quoted the Prime Minister as saying.
The construction of the main bridge was carried out by China Major Bridge 
Engineering Company (MBEC), a Chinese contractor Company, and the river 
management was done by the Sino Hydro Corporation of China.
According to project details, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the 
construction works of the river on December 12, 2015. 

The first span of the Padma Bridge was installed at the Zajira point of 
Shariatpur district on October 7, 2017.
On November 12, 2013, the Prime Minister inaugurated the approach roads on 
Zajira and Mawa sides as well as the Service Area-2 work.

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