Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the bridge tomorrow, September 4, at 10 am from Ganobhaban through video conference. On the occasion of the inauguration of the bridge, two huge pandals have been constructed at Kumirmara end of Pirojpur Sadar upazila and Bekutia end of Kaukhali upazila. Banners and festoons showing gratitude to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina installed on the roadside.
Mohammad Zahedur Rahman, Deputy Commissioner of Pirojpur, said, “We hope that 10,000 people will attend the Kumirmara end of Pirojpur and 10,000 people from Bekutia end of Kaukhali to enjoy the opening ceremony of the bridge.” For this reason, 7 LEDs have been installed at Kumirmara end of Pirojpur and 5 LEDs at Bekutia end of Kaukhali.
It is known that on October 20, 2018, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the construction of the bridge through a video conference from Ganabhaban. The 998 meter long and 13.40 meter wide bridge has 10 piers and 9 spans.
A company named China Railway 17 Bureau Group Limited has built the bridge at a cost of 889 crore rupees. Of this, Tk 654 crore 79 lakh was given by the Chinese government and the rest by the Bangladesh government. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi signed the bridge handover certificate in a meeting with Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen in Dhaka on August 7.
Aminul Islam, a resident of Kumirmara Eraka in Pirojpur Sadar Upazila, said that after the inauguration of the bridge, there will be no ferry between Barisal and Khulna. Nesar Uddin Tipu, a resident of Kalapara upazila of Patuakhali, said that the road communication between Payra seaport of Kalapara upazila and Mongla seaport will be greatly improved.
After inspecting the inauguration site of the bridge, Pirojpur-1 Constituency Member of Parliament Fisheries and Livestock Minister Sh M Rezaul Karim said that all preparations have been completed on the occasion of the inauguration of Bangmata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Eighth Bangladesh-China Friendship Bridge. We hope people can enjoy the opening ceremony of the bridge in a wonderful and joyful atmosphere. After the inauguration of Kachasetu, the doors of happiness will open.
Sh. Rezaul Karim said, the prerequisite for development is improved communication system. Pirojpur has many other resources including agricultural land which can make important contribution to industry, economic development, foreign exchange earning. But our communication system was in jeopardy. One had to go to Mawaghat and sit for hours or days. Pirojpur district was isolated by Kachanadi. These two incredible development projects of ours are playing an important role in bringing the people of the region to the development system.
Project Manager Executive Engineer Masud Mahmud said that the bridge built on the river Kancha in Kumirmara of Pirojpur Sadar Upazila and Bekutia of Kaukhali Upazila on the Barisal-Jhalkathi-Pirojpur-Khulna road has been named Bangmata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Eighth Bangladesh-China Friendship Bridge.
Sheikh Nabil Hossain, Executive Engineer of Pirojpur Road Division, said that Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate this bridge at 10 am on September 4. The bridge will be opened for traffic at 12:01 PM on this day.