The ferry terminal at Mawa will be temporarily relocated to Shimulia before commencement of the construction work of the main portion the Padma Multipurpose Bridge.
This was stated by Communications Minister Obaidul Quader on Saturday.
He said the terminal would be relocated by June to ensure that construction work goes on smoothly and facilitate smooth movement of motor vehicles on the busy route.
He also said that a decision was also taken to permanently relocate the Mawa Ferry Terminal at Kandipara. But this would take seven to eight months to materialise, he added.
The communications minister informed this while talking to journalists during his visit to the site to inspect progress of the bridge construction work and river training at Mawa of Louhajang Upazila in Munshiganj district.
He said that the army would start constructing the temporary ferry terminal at Shimulia within 3-4 days. It would cost Tk 10 million to construct a one-kilometre-long road on the site, he added.
Quader said that the government was contemplating to allocate Tk 80 billion in the upcoming budget to build the Padma Bridge with its own resources.
He said that the preparation for laying the foundation stone of the country’s largest-ever development project was at the final stage.
The minister said that the construction work of the main Padma Multipurpose Bridge would start from June and that the work order for the river training of the project would be issued in August.
He said that three contractors have been asked to soon submit their financial proposals for the construction of the main bridge and road and rail viaduct.
The minister said that Tk 14 billion had already been spent for construction of the bridge and works worth another Tk 18 billion were in progress.
He said that the 99 Composite Brigade had been established comprising 20 Engineering Construction Battalion, 58 East Bengal Regiment and 34 Bangladesh Infantry Regiment to monitor the implementation of the Padma Bridge project and to ensure security of the project.
Earlier, the communications minister inspected the under-construction Officers’ Stake Yard at Dogachi of Sreenagar Upazila and later inspected the river training works at old Mawa ferry terminal.
Major General Abu Sayeed Mohammad Masud and high officials of the district administration accompanied the minister during the inspection.