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Khulna-Barisal new link excited in 16 districts

Khulna-Barisal new link excited in 16 districts
Khulna-Barisal new link excited in 16 districts

Khulna: After a long wait, Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib opened the gates of the 8th Bangladesh-China Friendship Bridge in Pirojpur. Two months and nine days after the inauguration of the Padma Bridge, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated this southern bridge on Sunday (September 4).

A new dimension has been added to the communication system between Khulna and Barisal through the opening of the bridge built over Kacha river at Bekutia on Barisal-Pirojpur-Khulna road.

Not only that, a new dimension has been added to the road connectivity of the southern part of Bangladesh with West Bengal of India. Crores of people in 16 districts of the two divisions are elated with the opening of this long-cherished dream and much-desired bridge.

Those concerned say that the bridge has united the two divisions of Khulna and Barisal. The bridge connects Kuakata beach, Payra and Mongla sea ports and Benapole and Banglabandha land ports by direct road.

Mamun Hossain, a resident of Mathbaria area, told Banglanews that the suffering has come to an end with the opening of the bridge. Earlier we had to wait for Becutia ferry. Many times, various emergency vehicles, including ambulances, were stuck at the wharf due to non-availability of ferries. Many vehicles carrying fish and vegetables could not reach their destination on time, especially in adverse weather conditions. Being a perishable product, both the quality and price of these fish and vegetables would have decreased. Farmers fishermen and traders had to suffer losses. He also mentioned that after the opening of the bridge, there will be a positive impact on the agriculture of the region along with the opening of the southern region.

Khulna KCC Rupsa Wholesale Fish Market M/s Madina Fish Traders Director Md. Abu Mucha told BanglaNews that Barisal has always been rich in fisheries. The fisheries sector will benefit the most from the inauguration of the 8th Bangladesh-China Friendship Bridge. According to the fisheries department, 66 districts of Barisal division provide 66% of the total hilsa produced in the country. With the benefit of the bridge, various fish including fresh hilsa from the rivers of Barisal region will reach different parts of the country in a short period of time.

Director of Khulna Chamber of Commerce and Industries. Mofidul Islam Tutul told BanglaNews that another dream of billions of hearts in the South-Western region has been fulfilled through the inauguration of the bridge. All the hindrances related to long time ferry in Barisal-Khulna road connection are being removed. The bridge has established a direct connection between Barisal city and Pirojpur and through this the communication between Barisal and Khulna has become easier.

After all, the opening of this bridge will establish a direct road connection with Sagarkanya Kuakata and Sundarbans, one of the world’s mangrove forests. 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. Those concerned said that it will expand business.

Bangladesh Time: 1512 hours, September 4, 2022
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