Bridge work on Khulna-Mongla rly line on in full swing
KHULNA, July 13: Construction of a railway bridge on Khulna-Mongla railway line on the Rupsha River is going on in full swing.
Sources said construction of 978 pilings is going on in full swing and will be completed by 2022. In the meantime, construction of 876 pilings and 55 per cent construction works were completed.
Executive Engineer of Railway Bridge project Abdur Rahim said, after solution to piling design problem of Rupsha Bridge last year, construction of Khulna-Mongla Railway Line started from both Khulna and Mongla sides of the project area from the last year.
A total of 12 km construction has been completed from Khulna side while at least 28 km construction from Mongla side, he said.
On October 15, 2017, a 52-metre long pile load test was conducted successfully, and after solution to the design problem, construction of pilings in the Rupsha River started in presence of Secretary of Railway Ministry Md Tofazzel Hossain.
He said, land requisition, survey, soil test and mud digging were completed earlier. The construction of the bridge has been running for last two years. The bridge will connect Putimari road at the west bank of the river in one side and connect Rupsha road on the other side.
He, however, said, requisition of 718 acres of land has been completed to construct Khulna-Mongla railway line, and at least hundred per cent affected land owners got compensation for their lands.
Earlier, a joint venture Khulna-Mongla Railway Line project was taken by India and Bangladesh governments, involving Tk 3801.61 crore.
A total of 64.75 km broad-gauge line, 21.11 km loops, 4,413 km approach roads, 7.18 km railway bridge on the Rupsha River, and eight railway stations will be constructed under the project.
Industrial Relation Manager of Rupsha Railway Bridge Subrata said construction of Khulna-Mongla railway line is one of the first track projects of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
He, however, said after the project is completed by 2022, economic activities will increase.