The Star file photo shows the under-construction Padma Bridge at Jajira point of Shariatpur.
All spans of Padma Bridge will be installed by July this year, Road, Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader told parliament today.
In reply to a query from ruling Awami League MP Didarul Alam, the minister said among the total 41 spans, 20 spans have been already installed.
“The 21 remaining spans will be installed within July 2020,” Obaidul Quader said.
The minister also informed the House that the total physical progress of Padma Bridge project is 76.5 percent as of December, last year.
He also said physical progress of the main bridge is 85.5 per cent and progress in river training is 66 per cent.
“It is hoped that the Padma bridge will be open for vehicle movement on June 2021,” the minister also said.
About the ongoing metro rail project, Quader said the progress of metro rail on Uttara-Motijheel route is 40.2 per cent as of December, last year.
While replying to another query, the minister informed the House about his ministry’s various measures including controlling the speed of long route vehicles on highways to ensure road safety and construction of elevated expressway on Inner Ring Road at the Eastern Bypass area to reduce traffic congestion.
In a scripted answer, Quader said different mobile courts filed cases against 23,541 vehicles, fined Tk 4.54 crore, sentenced 304 people and sent 198 vehicles to dumping stations in the last year.