Padma Bridge rail link design flaws solved

Works at Mawa point to begin after DPP completion

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:38, Jan 26,2021


The Padma Multipurpose Bridge Project office has accepted the modified design of the rail link project for Mawa point after the Padma Bridge Rail Link Project authorities solved the last flaw in the design, said officials.

‘We submitted the modified design of the rail link project for the Mawa point and the bridge project authorities accepted the design in the last week,’ said Padma Bridge Rail Link Project project director Golam Fakhruddin Ahmed Chowdhury on Sunday.

He said that they were working on preparing a detailed project proposal to start work on the railway link at the Mawa point.

Earlier, the revised design for the Janjira point was approved by the Padma Multipurpose Bridge project and construction works at the point are going on.

In September 2020, Padma Bridge project officials raised questions about faults in the design of the rail link project, identifying them as ‘black spots’ where too many accidents would take place.

They pointed out that the design prepared by the Bangladesh Railway stipulated at the two entry points of the rail link at Mawa and Janjira inadequate heights instead of the standard height, making it impossible for vehicles such as trucks and lorries with more than the average height to pass through with ease.

They also pointed at the inadequate horizontal clearances of the rail bridge at the Janjira and Mawa points.

The Bangladesh Bridge Authority under the Bridges Division of the road transport and bridges ministry is implementing the 6.15-kilometre-long double-decked Padma Bridge to connect Dhaka with the southwestern part of the country at a cost of Tk 30,193 crore.

The Bangladesh Railway under the railways ministry is setting up the 169-kilometre-long rail link between Dhaka and Jashore with Tk 39,246 crore.

The overall Padma Bridge project progress has been 83 per cent till December 2020 and the overall progress of the rail link project has been 28.23 per cent till November 2020, according to project offices.

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