Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the ‘Bangmata Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib 8th Bangladesh China-Maitri Bridge’ today. Another dream of crores of people in the south-western part of the country is going to be fulfilled by inaugurating this bridge built over the river Kachcha at Bekutia on the Barisal-Khulna regional highway.
The Prime Minister will inaugurate the bridge on Sunday (September 4) at 10:30 am. Deputy Commissioner of Pirojpur on Saturday afternoon. Zahedur Rahman informed this information.
He said that all kinds of preparations have already been completed on the occasion of the inauguration of the Prime Minister. 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 West Par and former Communications Minister Anwar Hossain Manju, Member of Parliament for Pirojpur-2 Constituency in Purpur Par 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 crore rupees.
The Government of the People’s Republic of China has provided project assistance of Tk 654.80 crore and the Government of Bangladesh 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 5 months earlier and handed it over to the bridge department on 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. Besides, construction of 60 meter long and 5 meter wide bituminous road adjacent to the approach road at the eastern end, 60 meter long and 5 meter wide concrete road under the approach road and 120 meter long and 3.50 meter wide concrete road at the western end and 220 meter river control work has been
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.
With the inauguration of this bridge, another new horizon will be opened in the economic development of the region. Due to the direct road connection of the country’s 2nd largest beach, Sagarkanya Kuakata, and one of the world’s mangrove Sundarbans, this region will become a hub for 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. Direct road connectivity will be established with the deep sea port Payra, the country’s 2nd sea port Mongla and the largest land port Benapole.
Due to the welfare of this bridge, the districts on the banks of the Padma, including Pirojpur, will become full of dynamic economic activities and vibrancy. Now there is no need to wait for a long time waiting for the ferry to go to the divisional city of Barisal. (bass)