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5km of Padma Bridge visible after installation of 33rd span

  • Published at 02:42 pm October 19th, 2020
33rd span of Padma Bridge
The photo shows the 33rd span of Padma Bridge being installed on Monday, October 19, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

Only eight more spans are left to be installed

The 33rd span of Padma Bridge was installed on Monday, making 4,950 metres of the giant structure visible.

The span (1C) was installed on pillars no 3 and 4 at Mawa point, eight days after the last one was installed.

Deputy Assistant Engineer (Bridge) Humayun Kabir confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.

Earlier, around 9:15am, the world's largest floating crane, Tian-e, carried the span from a construction yard in Mawa under Louhajang upazila of Munshiganj. 

After about 30 minutes, the crane with a capacity of 3,600 tons, reached the pillars. Then the crane anchored and the span was lifted. The span was placed around midday.

Meanwhile, only eight more spans are left to be installed. 

The 34th span (2A) will be installed on pillars no 7 and 8 on October 25, the 35th span (2B) on pillars no 8 and 9 on October 30, the 36th span (1B) on pillars no 2 and 3 on November 4, the 37th span (2C) on pillars no 9 and 10 on November 11, the 38th span (1A) on pillars no 1 and 2 on November 16, the 39th span (2D) on pillars no 10 and 11 on November 23, the 40thth span (2E) on pillars no 11 and 12 on December 2 and the last 41st span (2F) on pillars no 12 and 13 on December 10.

The construction of the 6.15 km long two-storey Padma Bridge began in December 2014. 

Altogether 81.5% of the bridge construction has reached completion so far. As of September 30, TK23,796.24 crore has been spent on the project and authorities currently estimate that the total cost would reach Tk30,193.39 crore.

Sinohydro Corporation of China has been given the work of two of the five major components of the project, including river training works, while China Major Bridge Engineering Construction Company was awarded the contract for constructing the main bridge.

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