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PM Hasina inaugurates 2nd Teesta bridge

  • Published at 08:34 am September 16th, 2018
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the 771-metre Sheikh Hasina Titas Bridge over the Titas River in Brahmanbaria, left, and the 850-metre Gangachara Sheikh Hasina Teesta Bridge over the Teesta River in Rangpur via videoconference on Sunday, September 16, 2018 Focus Bangla

Part of the bridge collapsed on Friday, only two days before inauguration

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated the second Teesta bridge, officially known as Gangachara Sheikh Hasina Teesta Bridge, constructed on the Teesta River at the juncture of Rangpur and Lalmonirhat.

The prime minister inaugurated the bridge on Sunday from her official residence Ganabhaban via videoconference.

The inauguration took place only two days after a portion of the approach road to the bridge collapsed in Echli area, Gangachara early Friday, due to strong currents of the Teesta River, according to locals.

To maintain the inauguration schedule, the Lalmonirhat office of the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) repaired the collapsed portion by Saturday night.  

State Minister for Local Government and Rural Development Mashiur Rahman Ranga, State Minister for Social Welfare Nuruzzaman Ahmed, and former state minister Motahar Hossain attended the inauguration ceremony at Ganabhaban, among others.

Rangpur Deputy Commissioner (DC) Enamul Habib moderated the videoconference.

A function was held near the Teesta River as well.

The construction of the bridge, which has been a dream of around five million people of four upazilas in Lalmonirhat and Rangpur, was scheduled to end on June 31, 2014.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the project of the 850-metre bridge in 2012, to be constructed in Gangachara upazila at the cost of Tk132 crore.

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During its construction, locals complained of irregularities several times, but the administration did not pay heed to their allegations, several locals told the Dhaka Tribune.

The locals further alleged that Friday’s incident happened due to the use of low-quality construction material to build the approach road.

However, Prabir Kumar Biswas, manager of Navana Constructions, the firm that built the bridge, denied the allegations, saying they handed over the bridge to the local LGED office on completion of its work.

LGED Executive Engineer SM Jakiur Rahman, who locals alleged was also a part of the irregular activities, said the approach road collapsed because of the change of course of the river.

With this bridge, direct road communication has been established Lalmonirhat and Rangpur districts.

Addressing the inauguration ceremony, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the bridge had opened a new access to progress improving communication system to expand regional and international trade and promote agriculture, health and many other sectors to change socio-economic conditions of the people.

“The government is building a strong road network across the country to ensure the economical progress of the country and reduce poverty fast,” she said.

DC Enamul Habib said the bridge would contribute to speeding up development in the region to bring economic and social benefits to the local residents.

The prime minister also inaugurated the newly established Rangpur Metropolitan Police (RMP), and the 771-metre Sheikh Hasina Titas Bridge over the Titas River in Brahmanbaria via videoconference at Ganabhaban on Sunday.

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