Mission Impossible achieved

Mizanur Rahman stopped, looking with amazement from the bank of the Padma stream at the particular drifting crane setting out the keep going range on the uber structure yesterday. 

"See, here is our fantasy connect standing tall. What an extraordinary designing accomplishment it is!" wondered Mizanur, highlighting the 6.15km extension that turned out to be completely obvious unexpectedly. 

The Padma connect isn't a fantasy any longer; it's presently a reality. The uber connect is required to be a gigantic shelter for the immature south and south-western area of Bangladesh.

As the 150-meter length was at long last positioned on columns 12 and 13 at the Mawa end, he was excited and thrilled to see the full structure of the Padma connect.

In any case, many years back, it was fairly a brassy dream, an overwhelming test to tame the violent waterway. Intersection the powerful Padma has consistently been demanding and here and there hazardous because of untrustworthy and restricted ship associations and considerable delays for swarmed boats and dispatches. 

"I actually recall it took around three hours to cross the waterway by the ro-ro ship when I originally came to Dhaka in 1998. 22 years down the line, it actually takes a comparative measure of time currently," said Mizanur, a private jobholder hailing from Madaripur. 

"Be that as it may, when the Padma connect opens to the general population, we can return home in a couple of hours and return to Dhaka the exact day. Our movement time will be cut tremendously." 

The two-level steel support composite scaffold – the top deck obliging a four-path interstate for vehicles and the lower deck for a bunch of railroad tracks – is the climax of years-long endeavors and an amazing designing accomplishment. 

The specialists hope to open it to the general population in the main portion of 2022. 

The scaffold that associates Dhaka to 21 southern areas is an expected impetus for major financial change in the day to day routines of more than 30 million individuals experiencing in the locale and will give a significant lift to exchange and monetary exercises. 

The Tk 30,193-crore scaffold will interface multi-path interstates and railroad lines with Dhaka to Mongla port and the biggest remote ocean port at Payra. 

It will be one of the significant vehicle hallways connecting Bangladesh with India, Nepal and Bhutan other than upgrading provincial exchange and joint effort along the Asian Highway and the Trans-Asian Railway Network. 

Understanding A DREAM 

An extension over the powerful Padma had been in talks since the mid '90s. The thought picked up force in 1997 when the development of Bangabandhu Bridge over the Jamuna was approaching culmination, introducing new expectation and hopefulness among individuals of the south-western area. 

The pre-plausibility investigation of Padma connect was led in 1998 and 1999. The public authority at that point moved toward the Japanese government for monetary and specialized help for an attainability study, which was led by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) somewhere in the range of 2003 and 2005. 

Following further investigations and investigating financing alternatives, the public authority endorsed the Padma Multipurpose Bridge Project worth Tk 10,161 crore on August 20, 2007 to be worked with benefactor help. 

On January 11, 2011, the Padma Bridge Project was reexamined with the assessed cost raised to Tk 20,507 crore, primarily to join a rail line into the scaffold. 

The public authority closed advance concurrences with four improvement accomplices in mid 2011 and an arrangement for $1.2 billion was endorsed with the World Bank on April 28, 2011. 


In any case, the billion-dollar venture got unsure in September 2011, when the lead benefactor, WB, suspended its guaranteed $1.2 billion credits on charge of defilement intrigue, which the public authority denied. 

The furor brought about recording of debasement arguments against some venture authorities and abdication of then correspondences serve Syed Abul Hossain. However, the WB dropped its financing in June 2012. 

Different lenders – Asian Development Bank (ADB), JICA and Islamic Development Bank (IDB) – likewise dropped their credit proposition, prompting the venture being slowed down for quite a while. 

Notwithstanding, the charges against the public authority authorities were later discovered to be false by the Anti-Corruption Commission and a Dhaka court. A Canadian court likewise found no verification of join scheme including the undertaking. 

At that point, in July 2012, Prime Minister Sheik Hasina took an intense choice to proceed with execution of the venture with the nation's own assets. 

Two Chinese organizations – China Major Bridge Engineering Company Ltd and Sinohydro Corporation Limited – were delegated for two significant works, the development of scaffold and waterway preparing. 

In December 2015, Sheik Hasina initiated the primary development work of the most testing designing venture of the nation, having probably the most profound establishment on the planet. 

Overwhelming CHALLENGES 

Yet, the undertaking has been an immense designing test as the powerful Padma conveys an enormous volume of residue, making its bed delicate and interesting to expand on. The most troublesome part was waterway preparing and heaping as a result of the solid stream ebbs and flows and disintegration. 

The subsequent significant test was to drive in the heaps which will convey the heap from street and rail traffic just as the heaviness of the extension to the establishment. 

What's more, the circumstance was additionally confounded in 2016 when contrasts arose between the data acquired through geotechnical examination in the plan stage and that in the development period of heaps of the scaffold. 

The undertaking authority needed to change the plan of the 22 scaffold wharfs, causing a further deferral. The primary range was introduced in September 2017. 

At this point, the task costs went up to over Tk 30,000 crore. 

As the task advanced easily, at that point showed up the Covid-19 pandemic at the shores of Bangladesh. However the work proceeded, yet gradually because of a deficiency of laborers – Chinese and neighborhood – and helpless inventory of development materials. 

The undertaking picked up movement after the finish of the Covid-19-instigated two-month closure and return of Chinese nationals. At that point, once more, the solid flows in the Padma began causing issues however the work again assembled force. 

Following stages 

Establishment of the street deck and railroad stringers is going on at this point. Of the 2,917 street pieces, 1,333 were introduced starting yesterday while 1,942 out of 2,959 railroad sections were introduced. 

Some other work, including establishment of power and gas lines, must be finished before the extension is opened. 

Be that as it may, the railroad stringers, which went into the Padma because of disintegration at a yard, should be brought from Luxembourg, which will cause some postponement, authorities said. 

Conversing with the columnists on December 7, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said it would take 10 to a year to finish other work after establishment of the last range, which was set at 12:02pm yesterday. 

Be that as it may, a high ranking representative of the Bridge Division told this paper a month ago, "It will take 12 to 14 months to finish all works. It could be opened [for the public] in the main portion of 2022." 

In any case, Mizanur is as energetic as could be expected. "I am truly anticipating the kickoff of the fantasy connect."