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Chinese engineers successfully install first span of Bangladesh's largest Padma bridge

Staff Writer | October 2, 2017
Bangladesh's largest Padma Bridge is now visible as its very first span was successfully installed Saturday by the engineers of the China Major Bridge Engineering Company.
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Bangladeshi Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader among others witnessed the installation process at a site of the bridge on Saturday morning.

With the installation of the span, first among the 41 spans to be installed on the 6.15-km bridge, the minister said the Padma Bridge is now visible.

About 50 percent work of the bridge project has so far been completed, said the minister, adding that all other spans would be set up gradually.

It took about two hours for the engineers to complete the installation work of the 150-meter long span on piler-37 and piler-38.

In December 2015, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the main works of Padma Bridge project, the biggest of its kind for the country, by unveiling its foundation plaque.

When it comes into operation, the bridge will ease pressure on the country's premier seaport in Chittagong, 242 km southeast of capital Dhaka, as it will bolster the second largest Mongla seaport in Bagerhat district, 178 km southwest of the capital city, experts say.