Construction of the last pier of much-anticipated Padma Bridge was completed last night, giving a big boost to the long-delayed project.
Concreting of the last pier, which is the 26th from Mawa end, started at noon and was completed at 9:15pm last night, said Dewan Md Abdul Kader, project manager (main bridge). "With this, we will be able to complete construction of all 42 piers of the bridge, one month ahead of the revised schedule," he told The Daily Star.
Besides, construction of 91 piers for viaducts on both sides of the bridge has already been completed, he said.
The development came when the country is passing through closure of all public and private offices, and all modes of passenger transports remain suspended.
Moreover, 60 to 70 percent local workers involved in the project left workplace due to the coronavirus situation, a project official said.
On Saturday, the 27th span of the bridge was installed, making more than four kilometres of the bridge visible. The span was installed linking the 27th and 28th piers at Janjira end.
The 6.15km bridge would have a total of 41 spans.
Construction of the bridge began in December 2015 and once completed it will directly connect the capital with 21 southern districts via rail and road.
The deadline for completion of the project changed several times and the fresh deadline to open country's largest bridge is June 2021. But, the current coronavirus situation casts shadow on completion of the project within fresh deadline.