Chinese workers in Padma Bridge scheme under watch
Published : Wednesday, 29 January, 2020 at 3:45 PM Count : 323
In the wake of deadly Coronavirus outbreak in China, some 35 Chinese workers involved in the Padma Bridge Project are kept under observation, said Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader.
"The workers, who recently joined their workplace after enjoying leave in their country, are kept off work," said the minister at a press briefing at his secretariat office on Wednesday.
bdnews24.com adds : The Chinese workers all returned from leave after January 18 amid the outbreak of the virus which has killed over 130 people in China so far.
Speaking to reporters at the Secretariat on Wednesday, Quader said, “Around 1,000 Chinese workers are working on the project. Among them, 150 workers are on shifting leave but this doesn’t affect the work on the bridge.”
But the workers who have returned from China after Jan 18 are undergoing a 14-day quarantine in accordance with health guidelines, he added.
“Those who’ve come back after Jan 18 are being kept away from work. We are keeping a watch on them and have taken precautionary steps.”
Chinese contractor China Railway Major Bridge Engineer Group is primarily overseeing the construction of the Padma Bridge. Sinohydro Corporation, another Chinese firm, is conducting the river training work for the project.