The work of implanting railway track on Padma Bridge has started. Railway Minister Nurul Islam Sujan inaugurated the track-laying program at the Jazira end of the bridge at around 12 noon on Saturday (August 20).
More than half a hundred workers have participated in this work.
At this time, he said, the work of laying the track will be completed within the next four months. Six passenger trains will run through this railway bridge.
The progress of work from Dhaka to Mawa of the project is 66 percent, the progress of work from Mawa to Bhanga is about 85 percent, the progress of work from Bhanga to Jessore is 52 percent. Besides, financial progress of work is 68 percent and physical progress is 70 percent. This assessment is from the Consultant Group, but China Construction Group’s assessment work is much more advanced.
The minister said that the work of laying the railway line on the Padma bridge started in the month of August itself. Bangladesh Railway has held a meeting with the bridge authority in this regard. It was decided in the meeting that the work of laying the railway line will start from the first half of August. He also said that in June 2023, rail traffic will start from Dhaka to Banga through Padma bridge.
According to sources related to Padma Bridge, trains will run through Padma Bridge next year. Work is going on for that purpose. Most of the rail laying work will be done at night. Cars will run regularly through Padma Bridge. Therefore, the work of laying the rail track will continue by reducing the speed of the vehicle. First, the train will run from Dhaka to Faridpur’s Bhanga via Padma Bridge.
Note that in 2018, the construction of the Padma Bridge and the railway line at both ends started. From the very beginning of the work, there was a plan to run the train as soon as the vehicle was put into operation. But it was not possible. China is financing this railway project through G2G method. The term of which is till June 2024. The cost of the railway line and its infrastructure has been estimated at 39 thousand 247 crores. 62 percent of the Dhaka to Mawa section has been completed and 81 percent of the broken section has been completed from Mawa. 52 percent of the section from Bhanga to Jessore has been completed.
Chief Whip of Jatiya Sangsad Noor-e-Alam Chowdhury along with officials of Railway Ministry and Padma Bridge were present at the inauguration ceremony of laying the rail track.