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The seven mega development projects have made rapid progress as the government has taken numerous initiatives to ensure their implementation within the stipulated time.
The dream projects are expected to have a significant positive impact on the country’s development.
The mega projects are: Padma Bridge, Padma Bridge Rail link, Dohazari-Cox’s Bazar-Gundhum Rail Line, Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, Matarbari Power Plant, Metro Rail Service and Payra sea Port.
A senior official of the Economic Relations Division (ERD) of the finance ministry told Bangladesh Post that the dream Padma Bridge along with Padma Rail Link and Metro Rail Service will be completed by this year.
The government would continue financing these projects on priority basis and monitor their implementation closely since the timely implementation of the projects will ensure proper infrastructure which will help boost industrialization across the country, he added.
The main Padma Bridge-the dream project of the government has been completed 58 per cent. The overall construction of the bridge has been completed 65 per cent.
Now the Padma Bridge is visible 750 metres as the implementing agencies have installed the fifth span. The government has piled 11 pillars out 42 so far.
The project estimated Tk 30,193 crore and Tk 4395.66 crore has been allocated in the annual development programme (ADP) 2018-19.
“We’ve been able to complete over 65 percent work of the 6.15-km long main bridge. The overall progress of work of the project is over 58 percent,” a senior official of Roads and Bridges ministry told Bangladesh Post.
The official said, the construction works of road at Janjira and Mawa points along with service area have already been completed. River training is also progressing fast and over 42 percent work has been completed, he added. The sixth span of the bridge will be installed by this month, he said, adding that the project is scheduled to be completed by December this year.
The construction work of the country’s largest bridge began on December 12, 2015 and China Major Bridge Engineering Construction Company is the main contractor of the Bridge.
According to the project details, each span of the bridge is 150 metres long and a total of 41 spans will be installed on 42 pillars. The first span of the Padma Bridge was installed at the Janjira point of Shariatpur on October 7, 2017.
This was followed by the installation of the second span on January 28. The third span was installed on March 11. The fourth and fifth spans of the bridge were installed on May 13 and June 29 respectively.
It is expected that the Padma Bridge will not only ease communication between Dhaka and the southern part of the country but also change the economic landscape, the official added.
Meanwhile construction work of Padma Rail Link is going on faster with the Padma Bridge project. The government is committed to completing the rail link project by the scheduled time. The government plans to start operation of Padma rail link by December this year, officials said.
In a bid to offer commuters smooth and trouble-free journeys, the whole of Dhaka city will be brought under the metro rail network and the first Uttara to Agargaon portion will be ready for citizens by June 2019 as construction work is going on at full throttle.
Sources said, the construction work of the country’s first metro rail service is going on faster. The second span of metro rail will be installed by this month.
As part of the government’s plan to free the capital of nagging traffic congestion, five rail routes will be constructed in the city’s different areas in phases by 2030.
The first metro rail service from Uttara to Motijheel is expected to be opened to traffic by 2020.
Earlier, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) conducted a primary survey and feasibility study on the city’s 20-year-long Revised Strategic Transport (RSTP) project undertaken by the government.
In 2012, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) gave a seal of approval to the project. A loan agreement between Bangladesh Government and JICA was signed in January 2013.
Another mega project by the ruling government–Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant works are going on fast.
Sources said, about 20 per cent work has already been completed. The implementing agency is installing turbine and generators at two units of the power plant.
Rooppur Nuclear Power plant with two units, with the total capacity of 2,400 MW is under construction at Rooppur of Pabna.
It would produce and add to the national grid from the 2 units by 2023-2024.
Around 20 per cent works of Matarbari Power plant has been completed.
The government’s Coal Power Generation Company has acquired 1500 acres of land for the project to implement it.
The project is actually taking a very long time to shape up because huge works were needed to develop the project site in Matarbari close to Maheshkhali. The project will be completed by 2022.
Meanwhile, the works of Dohazari-Cox’s Bazar-Gundhum Rail Line and Payra Sea Port are going on smoothly and will be completed by the scheduled time.