Grand preparations made for Padma Bridge inauguration
The authorities have made grand preparations ahead of the much-anticipated inauguration of the Padma Bridge, which is scheduled to be held tomorrow in a festive manner.
A large spectacular stage, 150 feet long and 40 feet wide, has been built in the style of Padma Bridge at the rally venue, with a huge boat floating on the water right in front of the stage.
The stage has been made by placing 10 spans on 11 pillars next to it. The entire installation resembles a big boat plying along the bridge.
Talking to district administration and local Awami League leaders, The Daily Star learnt that extensive preparations have been made on around 15 acres of land to make this public event a memorable one.
While visiting the rally venue, organised by the Awami League, it was seen that the last moment preparations are going on amid very tight security. For security, six watchtowers were set up in and outside the stage apart from installing more than 150 CCTV cameras.
Sources in Awami League said they are hoping that one million people will gather at the rally to make the grand opening of the Padma Bridge a success.
At least 500 loud speakers and 26 giant LED screens were set up in an area of about 2 square kilometres to facilitate more audience to follow the event remotely.
Madaripur Deputy Commissioner Rahima Khaton said, "We are ready to serve tens of thousands of people starting from providing water and other required services. Besides, maximum measures have been taken for the safety of the common people."
According to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will arrive at the Mawa end of the Padma Bridge by helicopter from the old airport at Tejgaon in Dhaka at 10:00am.
She will unveil the plaque of the bridge at the Mawa end in Munshiganj, and address a rally amid the presence of distinguished personalities. Later she will cross the Padma Bridge after paying the toll.
At around 12:00pm, PM Hasina will attend the grand public rally organised at Shibchor in Madaripur.
At the inauguration of the Padma Bridge, around 3,000 eminent persons have been invited.
While visiting Madaripur from Dhaka today, it was seen that the different roads and highways leading towards the rally venue wore a festive look with many arches being erected while an array of Padma Bridge-related banners, festoons, and posters have been placed on important landmarks along the way.