Mon, 23 Nov 2020

DHAKA, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- Engineers of China Railway Major Bridge Engineering Group Co, Ltd (MBEC) have successfully installed the 38th span of Bangladesh's Padma Bridge.

The 3,140-ton span was placed between pillar-1 and pillar-2 on Saturday, Dewan Md Abdul Kader, manager of Padma Multipurpose Bridge Project from the Bangladesh Bridge Authority told Xinhua on Sunday.

With the installation of the 150-meter long span, he said 5,700 meters of the bridge is now visible.

Earlier, the 37th span was installed on pillars 9 and 10 on Nov. 12.

Out of the total 41 spans, only three spans are now left to be installed to make the whole 6.15-km bridge visible.

One more span is slated to be installed this month, while the rest will be installed by next month, said Quader.

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the main works of Padma Bridge project, the biggest of its kind in the country, in December 2015.

Apart from connecting nearly 30 million people in Bangladesh's southwest region to the rest of the country, the bridge will enhance regional trade and collaboration along the Asian highway No. 1 and the Trans-Asian railway network.

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