Padma Bridge's 33rd span to be installed on Monday
Published : Sunday, 18 October, 2020 at 9:18 PM Count : 164
Almost five kilometers (4,950 meters) length of the long-awaited Padma Bridge will be visible after the installation of the 33rd span on Monday (October 19).
The 3,600-ton 3-F span is expected to be installed by 1:00pm, said Dewan Abdul Quader, executive engineer of Padma Bridge project.
Earlier on October 11 last, the 32nd span was installed on the piers 4 and 5 of the bridge. The span was installed almost four months after the installation of the 31st span. Now, the 33rd span is going to be installed just eight days after the installation of the 32nd span.
The Padma Bridge project authorities had a target to install five spans on the piers in August-September last. However, it could not be possible to install a single span due to strong current at the Mawa point of the river Padma. With the receding of flood waters, intensity of the current in the river Padma has returned to normal. As a result, dynamism has also come back in the construction work of Padma Bridge.
Meanwhile, the authorities concerned have planned to install the 34th span on the piers 7 and 8 of the bridge on October 25, while the 35th span will be installed on the piers 2 and 3 on October 30. The 36th span is scheduled to be installed on November 4. It means that a single span will be installed after every five consecutive days. The rest five spans will also be installed by the current year.
A total of 42 piers have been erected on the 6.15 km long double-deck Padma Bridge. Of these, 21 have been erected at Mawa point and 21 at Janjira point, while 41 spans will be installed on 42 piers.
Padma Bridge is being built using concrete and steel. Once in operation, the Padma Bridge in 2021, Bangladesh's largest infrastructure project till date, will connect 21 southern districts with the capital and boost the GDP by 1 per cent.