The dreams of crores of people of South Western region are going to be fulfilled today. The ‘Bangmata Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib 8th Bangladesh China-Maitri Bridge’ is being opened. Today, Sunday (September 4), Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the bridge by connecting virtually from Ganobhaban 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.
Deputy Commissioner of Pirojpur yesterday afternoon in Bangmata bridge area. Zahedur Rahman told reporters that all kinds of 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 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 million taka.
The Chinese government has provided project assistance of Tk 654.80 crore for the construction of this bridge and the Bangladesh government 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.