PADMA BRIDGE: PRECURSOR OF SONAR BANGLA

The Padma Multipurpose Bridge is positioned 122nd among other longest bridges universally, with support points having a width of 3 meters in sweep and pilling being 128 meters down, which is the most profound heaping on the planet. Though, bridges more than the length of Padma Bridge have also been constructed world over, but the “Miracle of Engineering” in the form of Padma Bridge is all set to miraculously change the growth journey of this nascent nation.

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PADMA BRIDGE: PRECURSOR OF SONAR BANGLA

Padma Multipurpose Bridge is the most focused on quick track project among the progressing super undertakings in Bangladesh. This undertaking will be the main framework that will assist with the financial advancement of millions of individuals in the south-western part of the country. Bangladesh’s largest Padma Bridge was opened to traffic on June 25. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the bridge on the same day in a grand ceremony with much fanfare and joy.

The Padma Multipurpose Bridge is positioned 122nd among other longest bridges universally, with support points having a width of 3 meters in sweep and pilling being 128 meters down, which is the most profound heaping on the planet. The extension’s development began in 2014, and the last range of the 6.15 km long scaffold was laid in December 2021.

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The expense of this self-funded super venture in the nation has been assessed at Bangladesh Taka 30,193.39 Crore. With the culmination of the super task, the GDP development of the south-western piece of the nation will increment by 2.5 percent, while the country’s general GDP development will increment by 1.23 percent per annum.

The Padma Multipurpose Bridge is a two-level steel bracket span with a four-path thruway on the upper level and a solitary track rail route on the lower level, which will interface with The Padma Rail Link project. The Padma Rail Link project is supposed to change Bangladesh into a sub-course of the Trans-Asian Railway Network and contribute around 1% to the nation’s GDP development.

OVERVIEW OF THE MEGAPROJECT: PADMA BRIDGE

The Pre-Feasibility Study of the Padma Multi-reason Bridge Project, the most significant super task of the Government of Bangladesh, was finished from 1996 to 1999.

In the range of 2009 and 2011, the US, New Zealand, and Australia-based advisor association Monsell-Ecom closed the plan of the Padma Multipurpose Bridge. Be that as it may, when there was an emergency regarding the extension’s financing, the Bangladesh government reported the development of the Padma span with its own asset in 2013.

In 2014, an arrangement to develop the fundamental scaffold was hit with China Major Bridge Engineering Co. Ltd., and Sinohydro Corporation Limited got the agreement for waterway preparing work. The work started in December of that year.

 The fundamental scaffold structure was raised on 42 points of support with the assistance of 41 ranges, spreading over 150 meters that are supposed to endure seismic tremors of greatness nine on the Richter scale.

Other than the four-path street interface at the top and a solitary line rail connect at the base, the scaffold will likewise take gas, power, and broadband web through fibre optical link to the country’s south-west. The extension’s all out length, including the principal scaffold and viaduct, is more than 9 kilometres.

IMPACT OF PADMA BRIDGE

With the inauguration of road and rail traffic to the Padma Bridge, individuals in the nation’s south-west will start to quickly profit from the bridge.

 By street, the distance among Dhaka and most of the south-western areas will be diminished to somewhere around 100 km. in addition to lessening the time and cost of moving travellers and goods, vehicle support and fuel costs will also be reduced considerably. Accordingly, individuals from all areas, including business and agriculture, will benefit, affecting the nation’s GDP.

BANGLADESH’S GDP GROWTH

Solid infrastructure assumes a critical part in economic development. Studies have tracked down certain connection among infrastructure and economic result in numerous nations. This occurs through gross domestic capital development, business, trade, and human resources. There is more than adequate proof that framework and result are gainful together. That is, foundation helps yield and higher result additionally prompts better framework.

The economic result of the transportation, trading, and territorial modern unrest focused on the Padma Bridge, alongside the GDP development and growth rate, will influence the general economy of the country.

 As per a Dhaka Tribune report, the send-off of the Padma Multipurpose Bridge is supposed to contribute around 1.3 to 2% for every annum to the nation’s GDP. Simultaneously, with the fruition of the Padma Bridge Rail Link project, GDP will develop by another 1%.

As per the ongoing base year, a BRAC concentrate on gauges a 5 percent commitment to GDP in 31 years. Nonetheless, when the extension is finished, it will contribute 1.2 percent to the nation’s GDP. As per the IMF gauge, Bangladesh positions twentieth on the planet in positioning GDP development in 2022. In 2026, Bangladesh will arrive at the third situation here, one of the patrons of which will be the Padma Bridge.

The Padma Bridge is assessed to build the GDP of the country by more than one percent. It will help around three crore individuals across 21 south-western regions of Bangladesh. These districts will be associated with the development places through better network. They can be utilized as monetary passageways. This will set out open doors for business and pay.

The transportation framework will be improved as the development of individuals will be upgraded. Supply chains inside the nation will be associated better. Labour and products will move flawlessly starting with one spot then onto the next. Individuals from the south-western pieces of the nation are additionally expected to have better admittance to instruction, medical care, and different administrations.

The Padma Bridge can never again be called only a steel-constructed span. In any case, it has turned into the focal point of Bangladesh’s capacity, monetary development, and the feeling of the Bangladeshi Population. Mr. Robert Chatterton Dickson, the British High Commissioner to Bangladesh, depicted the Padma Bridge as Bangladesh’s “remarkable achievement.”

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The Padma Multipurpose Bridge is positioned 122nd among other longest bridges universally, with support points having a width of 3 meters in sweep and pilling being 128 meters down, which is the most profound heaping on the planet. Though, bridges more than the length of Padma Bridge have also been constructed world over, but the “Miracle of Engineering” in the form of Padma Bridge is all set to miraculously change the growth journey of this nascent nation.
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