The doors of the Bangamata Bridge, the dream of millions of people, are opening today

The doors of the Bangamata Bridge, the dream of millions of people, are opening today
The doors of the Bangamata Bridge, the dream of millions of people, are opening today

‘Bangmata Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib 8th Bangladesh China-Maitri Bridge. Photo: Bass


‘Bangmata Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib 8th Bangladesh China-Maitri Bridge. Photo: Bass

The ‘Bangmata Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib 8th Bangladesh China-Maitri Bridge’, the dream of millions of people in the southwestern region, is being opened on Sunday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the bridge at 10:30 am. Another dream of crores of people in the south-western region of the country is going to be fulfilled by inaugurating this bridge built over the river Kacha at Bekutia on the Barisal-Khulna regional highway.

The Deputy Commissioner of Pirojpur today afternoon in Bangmata bridge area. Zahedur Rahman told reporters that all preparations have already been completed on the occasion of the Prime Minister’s inauguration. Two gatherings have been organized on the west and east banks of the river. Minister of Fisheries and Livestock Ministry Sh Rezaul Karim, Member of Parliament for Pirojpur-1 Constituency in Paschimpar and former Communications Minister Anwar Hossain Manju, Member of Parliament for Pirojpur-2 Constituency in Purpurpar will be present.

On March 19, 2013, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced the construction of a bridge over the river Kancha in a public meeting in Pirojpur. He inaugurated the construction of the Bangladesh-China 8th Friendship Bridge on November 1, 2018 after completing the preparations for the construction of the bridge.

The Roads and Public Ways Department has completed the construction of this PC box girder bridge with a length of 1,493 meters and a width of 13.40 meters at a cost of 894.08 million taka.

The Government of the People’s Republic of China has provided project assistance of Tk 654.80 crore for the construction of this bridge and the Government of Bangladesh has spent Tk 239.80 crore. Although it was supposed to be completed in December this year, the contractor completed the construction work five months earlier and handed it over to the bridge department on the 7th of last month.

A 220m long and 55m wide recreation area has been developed on the river bank at the eastern end of the bridge. Apart from this, a 60 meter long and five meter wide bituminous road adjacent to the approach road at the eastern end, a 60 meter long and five meter wide concrete road under the approach road and a 120 meter long and 3.50 meter wide concrete road have been constructed at the western end. 220 meters of river management work has been done.

The project manager of this bridge project, Masud Mahmud Sujan, said that China Rail Watch 17 Bureau Group Company Limited built this bridge under the supervision of China’s Major Bridge Reconnaissance and Design Institute Company Limited.

Vice President of Pirojpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry Gholam Mawla Nakeeb thanked the Prime Minister and said, ‘With the inauguration of this bridge, a new horizon will be opened in the economic development of the region.’

Naqeeb said, ‘Since the direct road connection between the country’s second largest beach Sagarkanya Kuakata and one of the world’s mangrove Sundarbans has been established, this region will become full of tourists from home and abroad, and its heart will be Pirojpur. There will be no hindrance in the road connection between the divisional city Barisal and the divisional city and industrial city Khulna. A direct road connection will be established with the deep sea port Payra, the country’s second sea port Mongla and the largest land port Benapole.

Brave freedom fighter MA Rabbani Feroze said, ‘If this Bangmata Bridge is opened, there will be a wide spread of economic activities in the south-western part of the country.’ He said, ‘Direct road connection will be established between Sheikh Hasina cantonment in Patuakhali and Jessore cantonment.’

Chairman of Nazirpur Upazila Parishad Amulya Ranjan Halder said, ‘Now we don’t have to wait for a long time waiting for the ferry to go to our divisional city Barisal.’

The article is in Bengali


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