Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the ‘Bangmata Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib Eighth Bangladesh China-Maitri Setu’ built at Bekutia Point on the Kacha River in Pirojpur on the Barisal-Khulna highway.
He inaugurated the bridge by connecting virtually from Ganobhaban at 11:00 on Sunday (September 4). With the inauguration of the bridge, another dream of the people of the south-western part of the country has been fulfilled.
Two rallies have been organized on the west and east banks of the river to mark the inauguration. Fisheries and Livestock Minister Sh M Rezaul Karim, Member of Parliament for Pirojpur-1 Constituency in West Par and former Minister and Member of Parliament Anwar Hossain Manju for Purpur Par were present.
It is to be noted that on March 19, 2013, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced the construction of a bridge over the river Kacha in a public meeting in Pirojpur. Then he inaugurated the construction of the bridge on November 1, 2018.
The Roads and Public Ways Department has completed the construction of the bridge with a length of 1,493 meters and a width of 13.40 meters at a cost of 894.8 crore rupees. The Chinese government has given project assistance of Tk 654.80 crore and the Bangladesh government has spent Tk 239.80 crore for the construction of this bridge. Although it was supposed to be completed in December this year, the contractor completed the construction work five months ago and handed it over to the bridge department on August 7. A recreation area 220 meters long and 55 meters wide has been built on the river bank at the eastern end of the bridge.