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Padma Bridge handed over to the authorities

Publish: 11:29 AM, 23 Jun, 2022


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Major Bridge Engineering Corporation, a Chinese contractor, had completed the construction of the bridge and handed over to the Bridges Division on Wednesday, confirmed project manager Dewan Md. Abdul Quader at night.  

He said that the contractor company has completed the work and handed over the bridge. However, they will still work on the “Defect Liability Period” for one year.

Earlier, on Friday evening, several vehicles of the Padma Multipurpose Bridge Project were experimentally tolled. According to the project officials, the vehicles of the bridge project crossed the Padma Bridge at the toll plaza on the Mawa end at around 6:30 pm on the same day. However, as there is no use of technology in the country’s transport, the authorities have said that the bridge has to be crossed through toll by “traditional way”.

Besides, all the lampposts of Mawa in Munshiganj and Jajira in Shariatpur were lit together on Tuesday evening. The entire Padma bridge was illuminated. As soon as the sundown, the entire Padma River also became illuminated by the flash of street lights.

Padma Bridge Executive Engineer Dewan Md. Abdul Quader said all the lampposts on both sides of the bridge have been lit for the first time through the electrical connection provided by Munshiganj and Shariatpur Palli Bidyut Samity. Earlier, the lights were lit experimentally through generators in a few steps.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the bridge on Saturday (June 25), a symbol of the country’s ability and capability. On the day of the ceremony, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will arrive at the Mawa end of the Padma Bridge by helicopter at 10 am. She will unveil the inaugural plaque of the bridge at the Mawa end and take part in the auspicious gathering. Later, the Premier will cross the bridge from there and take part in a public meeting of the Awami League at Shariatpur.

All the preparations for the opening ceremony are nearing the end. Distinguished dignitaries including foreign diplomats will be present on the occasion. The workers are busy completing the overall management work including setting up a spectacular stage for the ceremony. The Bangladesh Army is in charge of the security of the Padma Bridge.

Meanwhile, the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) and the police have banned the movement of covered vans and trucks on roads and highways connected to the bridge from Friday morning to Sunday, informed DMP’s Deputy Commissioner of Public Relations and Media Faruk Hossain, in an SMS.  

He said on the occasion of the inauguration of the Padma Bridge on Saturday, the movement of covered vans and trucks on the highway connected to the Padma Bridge will be closed from the morning of June 24 to June 26. For this, Mawa-bound covered vans and trucks from Dhaka metropolis to Munshiganj district have been requested to operate on the ferry route Paturia Daulatdia and Chandpur-Shariatpur from June 24 to June 26 morning.


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PM: Padma Bridge is a perfect answer to conspirators

Publish: 02:00 PM, 25 Jun, 2022


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Addressing a rally in Madaripur's Shibchar after opening Padma Bridge, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that building Padma Bridge is a perfect answer to all conspirators.

"Dr Yunus lobbied in USA to stop funding for the bridge. Building the bridge was a perfect reply to Yunus and all other conspirators," she told the rally organised by Awami League at Kathalbari under Shibchar upazila marking the opening of the long-awaited Padma Bridge.

Hundreds of thousands of people attended the programme.

"Southern region won't be neglected anymore for Padma Bridge. No one will have to lose their loved ones while crossing the mighty Padma River anymore," she said.

"We have changed the landscape of Madaripur, Shariatpur and the entire region by building Padma Bridge. Special economic zones will be built in the region too," PM Sheikh Hasina added. 

The Awami League president said, "My entire family including me faced harassment because we wanted to build the Padma Bridge. But nobody can stop the people of Bangladesh, just like Bangabandhu said -Keu amader dabai rakhte parbena," she said, adding, "I will sacrifice my life for the countrymen."

PM, before joining the massive rally, unveiled mural-2 at the Jajira point of commemorating the bridge. A special prayer was held at this time.

Sheikh Hasina and her motorcade reached Shibchar crossing Padma Bridge soon after opening it to the traffic on Saturday noon.

She became the first person to cross the long-awaited bridge by paying the toll at the Mawa toll plaza in Munshiganj.

Thirteen buses with 40 seats each followed the PM crossing Padma Bridge. First 2 buses carried ministers, state ministers and deputy ministers. Next to follow were members of the parliament, diplomats, secretaries, and political leaders.

Earlier, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the Padma Multipurpose Bridge in a historic moment for the nation.

After inaugurating the bridge, the prime minister unveiled mural-1 at the Mawa point of the bridge.


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PM unveils the plaque for the inauguration of Padma Bridge at Jajira

Publish: 01:02 PM, 25 Jun, 2022


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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has unveiled the inaugural plaque and mural-2 of the Padma Bridge at Jajira end of Shariatpur.

The Prime Minister unveiled the inaugural plaque and mural-2 adjacent to the toll plaza at the Jajira end of the Padma Bridge at 12:36 pm on Saturday (June 25). Later she took part in prayers.

With the inauguration of this bridge, the dreams of the people of 21 districts of the south have been fulfilled and at the same time Bangladesh has gone one step further in fulfilling their dreams.

The Padma Bridge will be opened to traffic on Sunday (June 26). 



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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurates Padma Bridge

Publish: 12:15 PM, 25 Jun, 2022


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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the Padma Bridge, the dream, the pride of Bengalis. At 11:55 am on Saturday (June 25), Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the Padma Bridge. With the inauguration of this bridge, the dreams of the people of 21 districts of the south have been fulfilled and at the same time Bangladesh has gone one step further in fulfilling their dreams.

Earlier, the Prime Minister addressed the inaugural function of the Padma Bridge at Mawa. She expressed her gratitude to those who cooperated with the land on the Padma Bridge.

Earlier, she left the old airport of Tejgaon at 9:30 am for the Mawa end of Munshiganj. She was accompanied by senior officials from the Prime Minister's Office.

The Padma Bridge will be opened to traffic on Sunday (June 26). Along with the two banks of the Padma, the whole country is in a festive mood.


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PM paid the toll on the Padma Bridge

Publish: 12:05 PM, 25 Jun, 2022


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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid the toll of Padma Bridge.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina paid toll at the toll plaza on the Mawa side of the bridge at 11:45 am on Saturday (June 25).

Earlier, the Prime Minister addressed the inaugural function of the Padma Bridge at Mawa. She expressed her gratitude to those who cooperated with the land on the Padma Bridge.

At around 10 am on Saturday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reached Mawa point and joined the gathering there.



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Two get life in jail for raping woman in Rangpur

Publish: 11:39 AM, 25 Jun, 2022


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A court in Rangpur has sentenced two men to life imprisonment for raping a woman in front of her husband in 2004.

Rangpur Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-3 judge M Ali Ahmed handed down the punishment to Ekramul Haque and Abul Kalam Azad, both residents of Pirganj upazila, after holding them guilty of the crime on Thursday.

According to the prosecution, the convicts waylaid the couple in Pirganj upazila while they were returning to their home from their relative’s place around 11pm on September 2, 2004.

Subsequently, they tied up the woman's husband to a tree and violated her at gunpoint.

Based on the couple's complaint, an FIR for rape was lodged at Pirganj police station later and the two men, then accused, were arrested from different parts of the district.

Iqbal Bahar, then sub-inspector of Pirganj Police Station, submitted the chargesheet against the duo in the rape case.



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