The inauguration ceremony of the 2nd Meghna (length 930 metre, width 17.75 metre) and 2ndGumti Bridges (length 1,410 metre, width 17.75 metre) was held in prime minister’s residence Ganobhaban in Dhaka on Saturday.
Two bridges have been constructed as part of the “Kanchpur Meghna and Gumti 2nd Bridges Construction and Existing Bridges Rehabilitation Project (KMG project)”. The construction commenced on January 3, 2016 by Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA). The 2nd Kanchpur Bridge (renamed as Shitalakhya Bridge) was inaugurated on March 16, 2019, said a press release from the Japanese Embassy in Dhaka on Monday.
Meghna and 2nd Gumti Bridges will dramatically improve traffic conditions and physical distribution between Dhaka and Chittagong. Those companies, workers, and officials involved made special effort and managed to complete the construction work of two bridges before Eid ul-Fitr so that the traffic congestion people face during Eid ul-Fitr will be mitigated this year.
In the ceremony, Hiroyasu IZUMI, Ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh, and Obaidul Quader, Minister, Ministry of Road Transport & Bridges gave a welcome speech to celebrate completion of the bridge and to appreciate engineers.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina communicated local officials and residents who were in three construction offices connected through video conference.
This project is the first completed project under the Initiative of the Bay of Bengal Industrial Growth Belt (BIG-B), which was announced during prime minister’s visit to Japan in 2014.