Korean company to supervise Padma Bridge work

Bangladesh has appointed a Korean company as the supervisor in the Padma Bridge project. China’s Major Bridge Engineering Limited will construct the 6.15 km bridge, Bangladesh’s biggest till date.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges inked an agreement with Joint Venture of Korea Expressway Corporation on Monday as the project’s Construction Supervision Consultant.

Road Transport Minister Obaidul Quader said the Tk 3.83 billion contract had a five-year term including a year’s defect liability period.

He said the contract was signed after being approved by the Cabinet Committee on Government Purchase.

Bangladesh decided to bridge the Padma with domestic funds after a long-running spat with the World Bank over alleged corruption.

Anti Corruption Commission has cleared those accused of graft.

Bangladesh inked an agreement with the Chinese company on June 17 to construct the bridge’s core structure in four years for Tk 120 billion.

The construction work is already underway.

Quader said the contractor company had brought three dredgers, three floating cranes, two tugboats and an anchor boat at the Mawa site.

“Soil testing and survey and sorting out started on Nov 1,” he said.

Once commissioned, the bridge connecting 21 southern districts with Dhaka is expected to boost Bangladesh’s growth by as much as 1.2 percent.


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