Dhaka: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the country’s longest 6.15 km long road rail Padma Bridge which is completely built with domestic funding. This multi-purpose bridge will connect southwestern Bangladesh with the capital and other parts. It was constructed at the cost of $ 3.6 billion.
Sheikh Hasina congratulated all those people involved in the construction of the Padma Bridge. “I have no complaints against anyone, but I reckon those who opposed the Padma Bridge construction plan and called it a 'pipe dream', lack self-confidence. I hope this bridge will boost their confidence and this bridge is not just bricks, cement, iron, and concrete. This bridge is our pride, a symbol of our capacity, our strength, and our dignity. This bridge belongs to the people of Bangladesh,"
The Padma Bridge project witnessed several engineering wonders as well as technological challenges. It emerged as the wonder structure for Bangladesh and saw the use of state-of-the-art machinery and know-how. The project was initially expected to be funded by a consortium led by the World Bank.