'Final tender for Padma Bridge this month'

The final tender for the proposed Padma Bridge will be floated by this month, the communications minister has said. Speaking at a workshop at a city hotel on Sunday, Syed Abul Hossain said river control works had already begun and “we hope to float the final tender this month”.

He said the process to provide compensation to the people to be affected by the bridge construction and develop infrastructure for the rehabilitation of the villagers was nearing completion.

Hossain said the donor agencies had already assured of providing $2.65 billion.

The workshop was organised on the occasion of presenting an Asian Development Bank (ADB) report on the possibilities of launching Bus-Rapid-Transit (BRT) system from Shahjalal International Airport to Gazipur.

The minister said $ 190 million would be needed to implement the BRT. “ADB has agreed to provide $ 120 million and the rest will come from other donors,” he added.

A deal with the donor agencies would be signed in Jan next year. “The tender and the design will be finalised before that.”

The minister said the government had a plan to form an organisation, Dhaka Mass Transport Authority (DMTA), combining some city transport projects.

The construction work on a 26-kilometre flyover on Dhaka-Chittagong highway would officially begin this month, he said adding that work on of the Mirpur-Airport flyover was underway.


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