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The bridge opens to public from 6am today

Published : Sunday, 26 June, 2022 at 12:00 AM  Count : 511

Thousands of people head towards the Padma Bridge soon after it was inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday. 	PHOTO: OBSERVER

Thousands of people head towards the Padma Bridge soon after it was inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday. PHOTO: OBSERVER

Thousands of people headed to the Padma Bridge and walked on the long-cherished mega structure after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the dream bridge on Saturday.
Padma Bridge will open to traffic from 6:00am today (Sunday). But over enthusiastic people tried to walk on the bridge for the first time  on Saturday,  but thousands of people who got onto the viaduct of the bridge were returned before they could get on to the main bridge.
As a result, chaos was created on the bridge. It became difficult for law enforcers to handle the crowd on the bridge.
Our Madaripur Correspondent added a third-grader Jannatul Nayeem Piya arrived at the Jajira end of the Padma Bridge with her father from Madaripur's Shibchar to watch history unfold as the country geared up for the inauguration of its longest bridge.
"It's so vibrant here, with so many people. I love it. It feels      like Eid today," Piya said when asked to describe the moment. Piya's father Fazlu Kabir was equally excited.
"It is somewhat similar to the Eid celebrations for people in Madaripur. We'd always dreamt of a bridge. Today it has become a reality. I brought my daughter here so that she can be part of this historic moment," he said.
The 6.15km-long bridge will connect 21 administrative districts with Dhaka by road from Sunday, making travel hassle-free for people in the country's southwest. The rail link on the lower deck of the two-storey structure is likely to open next year.
After overcoming numerous hurdles over the last two decades, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina marked the realisation of a dream by inaugurating the Tk 301.93 billion bridge Saturday noon.
At the inauguration ceremony, she said, "This bridge encapsulates Bangladesh's passion, creativity, courage, endurance and perseverance." Hasina subsequently attended a rally, organised by the ruling party, at Jajira in Shariatpur.
Tens of thousands of people from nearby districts gathered at the location to hear her speak.
Gobinda Chandra Ghosh, a grassroots Awami League leader from Shariatpur's Naria, was among them. A visibly excited Gobinda said, "I can't express how happy I am today."
Gobinda and his fellow Awami League activists in Naria have been preparing to join the rally for quite a while. "A launch was rented for us so that we can come here to see our leader speak," he said.
Syed Shikder, a registered Awami League activist, arrived at the spot by launch too. "Today, all the people of southwest Bangladesh have come here to pay their gratitude to the Prime Minister. We thank her. She did it," he said.
Like Gobinda and Shikder, countless others came by launches, which docked at Shibchar's Kathalbari terminal, while some drove or took public transport.
Some even came on foot, marching in celebratory processions after walking miles just to be part of the momentous occasion. The mass gathering caused massive gridlock in the Kazir Hat area of Madaripur's Shibchar Upazila.

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