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**Night View of Padma Bridge of Bangladesh.**
Ashraf Nayan ( a free journalist from Bangladesh) ... See MoreSee Less
**We have Proved to the World that We Can: PM Sheikh Hasina at Padma Bridge Opening**
Ashraf Nayan ( a free journalist from Bangladesh)
Padma Bridge has proven to the world that Bangladesh can move forward on its own, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.** **"The Padma Bridge has been completed. Bangladesh's economy has not collapsed. The country is moving forward at a breakneck pace. We have proved to the world, 'We can too'," the premier said during her speech at the inauguration ceremony of Padma Bridge on Saturday (25 June).** **"Padma Bridge is therefore not only a bridge to prove one's self-esteem and ability of the Bengalis, but also revenge to insult that was done to the entire nation. The people of Bangladesh are the source of my courage. I salute them," she said. The much-awaited Padma Bridge inauguration ceremony has begun at Mawa point in Munshiganj after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived at the inauguration spot at Kathalbari around 9.55am.** **Earlier, a helicopter carrying the premier left Dhaka's Tejgaon Airport for Mawa at around 9:30am on Saturday.** **Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will formally open the Padma Bridge, which is likely to boost GDP by 1.2 to 2%, by unveiling the inaugural plaque at the Mawa point this morning at 11am. ** **After unveiling the inaugural plaque at the Mawa point, a public rally will take place led by the premier. A total of 13 buses - with 40 seats each – will follow PM Sheikh Hasina crossing the bridge.
The first two buses will carry the ministers, state ministers and deputy ministers attending the ceremony. MPs, diplomates, secretaries and political leaders will be in the following buses. Marking the grand opening of the bridge, a festive mood is prevailing in the country, particularly in the southern and southwestern regions which will be directly facilitated through the major road connectivity. As per the premier's programme schedule, she will also unveil commemorative postage stamps, souvenir sheets, opening day cover and seals at 11am at Mawa point to mark the grand opening of the country's biggest self-financed mega project which is likely to boost GDP by 1.2-2 %. She will begin her journey for Jajira point in Shariatpur from Mawa point by road crossing the bridge at 11:23am. The premier will reach Jajira point at 11:45am and unveil the inaugural plaque of the bridge and mural-2. She will also join a special prayer there. Sheikh Hasina, also Awami League president, will join a public rally of the party marking the opening of the bridge at Kathalbari under Shibchar upazila in Madaripur district at 12pm. The premier will start for Dhaka from Jajira point by helicopter at 5:30pm. Padma Bridge became visible with the installation of the first span on 37th and 38th number pillars on 30 September, 2017. Later, all 41 spans were installed on 42 pillars one after another. The entire structure of the multi-purpose 6.15km Padma Bridge became visible with the installation of its last 41st span on 10 December, 2020. According to project details, the construction of the main bridge was carried out by China Major Bridge Engineering Company (MBEC), a Chinese contractor Company, and the river treatment was done by Sino Hydro Corporation of China. The first span of the Padma Bridge was installed at the Janjira point of Shariatpur on 7 October, 2017. The construction works began in December, 2015 as the premier inaugurated the river training work and main construction works of Padma Multipurpose Bridge project at Jajira point in Shariatpur district on 12 December in 2015. *(The Business Standard)* ... See MoreSee Less