Construction work of Padma Bridge to end by November 2017: Obaidul Quader

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Communications Minister Obaidul Quader reaffirmed that construction of the much talked-about Padma Multipurpose Bridge will begin by the next four months and end within three and a half years.

"The Padma Bridge is now visible in the pipeline as our technical evaluation committee accepted the work proposals of three foreign construction farms approved by the World Bank," he said while speaking at a discussion marking the birth anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Pubic Library today in the city.

The minister said "There is a major headway of the construction work and Taka 1400 crore have already been spent in the visible work. Work of the main bridge will begin within next four months and will end within three and a half years."

He said the construction work of Dhaka Elevated Express Way will begin in May while the construction work of metro-rail service will begin next year.

Speaking on the occasion, Quader, also Awami League Presidium member, urged all concerned to take lesson from the life of Bangabandhu who sacrificed his whole life for the emancipation of the country and its people.

About Upazila Parishad polls, the senior AL leader said,"Victory or defeat is not the main issue right now as we have to see whether the polls are being held in free, fair and acceptable manner."

Attending the discussion as a special guest, Abul Kalam Azad, Managing Director and Chief Editor of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangtha (BSS), recalled the contributions of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in achieving independent Bangladesh in 1971.

He urged the new generation to take lesson from the life of the Father of the Nation and strengthen the hands of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina under whose leadership Bangladesh is tremendously progressing in all sectors.