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Padma Bridge to open in June

Published : 26 Dec 2021 10:50 PM

The much-awaited Padma Bridge will be inaugurated in June 2022 as per the target as construction of the approach road has already been completed.

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said this on Sunday adding that only pitch-casting wok remains incomplete so far.

The minister said that the work on the Padma Bridge is in progress. “Now, the pitch-casting work is going on. Once it’s done, then the entire project work will be over.”

The minister said this while talking to reporters during the inauguration of ‘Dhaka Nagar Paribahan’ virtually from the secretariat.

Obaidul Quader said, “The Padma Bridge will be inaugurated within our target as we’ve already completed the approach road.”

Regarding the inauguration of Metro Rail, Karnaphuli Tunnel in 2022, he said, “We’re working to open these projects next year. You’ll be informed about the time. However, our target is to open the projects in 2022.”

Meanwhile, about the new service ‘Dhaka Nagar Paribahan’, the minister said all kinds of cooperation will be provided to build a disciplined and modern public transport system. “I wish the service a success.”

He said this service will be expanded in phases.

There are plans to introduce the service on 42 more routes in and around Dhaka City, including Narsingdi, Manikganj, Narayanganj and Gazipur district, the minister added.

Regarding Khaleda Zia’s treatment abroad, he said, "There are many ministers in a government. Everyone should not talk about everything. The law minister is responsible here. I will not say more than he has said. That is the statement of the government. I have no say outside of what he has said. Because he is the law minister of Sheikh Hasina's government. It is his responsibility to say this."  

Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Sheikh Fazle Nur Taposh presided over the function. Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Atiqul Islam among others also spoke.