Saturday, 19 September, 2020

Padma Bridge’s 135 pre-cast road slabs devoured by river

Published on: 8:31 pm - Wednesday | August 12, 2020


As many as 135 pre-cast road slabs on the under-construction roadway of 6.15km long Padma Bridge spans have been lost due to rising of water and erosion in the river Padma, sources say.

Besides, 48 sets or 192 railway stringers and other equipment have been devoured by the river.

According to sources, some of the lost equipment and construction materials will have to import from Luxembourg again.

Moreover, a deadlock is going on in raising the rest of spans due to strong current in the river.

Bangladesh Bridge Authority (BBA) has expressed the apprehension that the construction work of Padma Bridge may be delayed.

China Major Bridge Engineering Company (MBEC), the contractor of the bridge, continued their construction work amid the coronavirus pandemic in the country. However, the work comes to a standstill due to constant rise of water level and unabated erosion in the river Padma. No new span could be installed in the last one and a half months. Uncertainty also looms over installing the spans in the current month. In such a situation, the BBA may go for extending the project duration once again.

Sources at the BBA said river erosion began suddenly at 100 meters low-tide side of the goods unloading jetty of Mawa Construction Yard-1 at about 2:00pm on July 31 last which continued till 1:00 after midnight. Some 3.378 hectares or 15 per cent area of Mawa Construction Yard were devoured by the river. At that time, 135 pre-cast road slabs, which were scheduled to be installed on the roadway for traffic movement, 48 sets (192) stingers, a large quantity of iron and other equipment were lost into the river.