Padma Bridge gets director

The government has appointed Rafiqul Islam as the director of the Padma Bridge project.

Islam is due to retire shortly from his position as the chief engineer of the roads and high-ways department.

He is appointed for two years on a contractual basis an order of the ministry of establishment states.

Communication minister Abul Hossain informed parliament on January 11 that the design of Padma bridge is now finalised and the government wants to start construction from September this year.

The overnment hopes the work will be finished by the end of 2013.

Bids for the Padma Bridge Construction Project will be invited soon after receiving the views of donors on the tender document, the communications minister said on February 8.

The government announced last December that the bridge will cost an estimated $2.4 billion with the World Bank to provide $1.2 billion, the ADB $550 million, IDB $120 million and JICA $300 million. Abu Dhabi Development Group will also lend $31 million. The remaining $140 million, would be raised locally primarily by issuing bonds.

The government has already started paying compensation for acquisition of land.


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