DHAKA – The installation of railway tracks on the lower deck of the Padma Bridge in Bangladesh built by a Chinese company is expected to start from next week.
Bangladesh Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujan made the announcement on Friday.
The 172-kilometer Padma Bridge Rail Link Project is also one of the most important projects under construction by China Railway Group Limited (CREC) in Bangladesh.
The rail link will pass through the bridge, the largest of its kind in Bangladesh, which was built by the China Railway Major Bridge Engineering Group Co Ltd.
Padma Bridge is located about 40 km southwest of Dhaka, with a total length of 9.8 km, of which the main bridge is 6.15 km.
The story of crossing the mighty Padma River between dozens of districts in southern Bangladesh and the capital of Dhaka only by ferries or boats came to an end last month when the bridge was opened to traffic.
After visiting Mawa Station of the Rail Link on the outskirts of Dhaka, the Minister said, “We expect the installation of rail tracks on the lower deck of Padma Bridge to start from next week.”
He said it would be possible to run trains on any of the three sections of the Rail Link project – Dhaka to Bhanga in the central district of Faridpur for about 81 km by June 2023.
The rail link, also a vital channel that connects the Trans-Asian rail network, is expected to greatly promote regional connectivity and economic development of Bangladesh.