Hasina will open Modhumoti, the third Shitalakhya bridge on Monday
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the country’s first-ever six-lane Modhumoti Bridge in Narail and the third Shitalakhya Bridge in Narayanganj on Monday at noon via video conference from her office.
The 690-meter-long Modhumoti Bridge, locally called Kalna Bridge, is constructed across the Modhumoti River at a cost of Taka 960 crore with funding from the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
It connects the districts of Narail, Gopalganj, Khulna, Magura, Satkhira, Chuadanga, Jashore and Jhenidah.
Once opened, residents of the southwestern region will benefit from faster road communication as the bridge will reduce the distance by more than 100 kilometers between Kalnaghat and the capital Dhaka, according to project officials.
Residents of at least 10 southwestern districts will be able to travel to different areas in less time. It will also reduce the travel time between Benapole and Jashore, the largest land port in the country, and Dhaka, as the distance will be only 130 km.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina laid the foundation stone of Modhumoti Bridge on January 24, 2015 between Kashiani Upazila under Gopalganj District and Lohagara Upazila under Narail District.
Locals now use the Dhaka-Jashore-Benapole highway via the Paturia-Daulatdia ferry ghat, which means they travel another 100 kilometers to reach Dhaka from Jashore.
According to those responsible for the project, the bridge will be part of the Asian highway that will connect the capital to the southwestern area of the country, including the largest land port of Benapole.
The 27.1 meter wide bridge would have six lanes including four high-speed lanes and two service lanes with an access road of 4.30 kilometers.
Md Shahidul Islam Milon, former President of Jashore Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the bridge will boost the economy of the region and massively facilitate road communication.
The economic activities of Benapole land port, Mongla sea port and Noapara river port will increase significantly, he said, adding that people in the region can return home after finishing their work in Dhaka in a matter of minutes. daytime.
Some commuters said their long-term suffering via Kalna Ferry Ghat would end with the opening of the bridge.
The 3rd Shitalakhya Bridge, named after the valiant AKM freedom fighter Nasim Osman, will connect Narayanganj city to Bandar upazila, boosting the economy, facilitating communication between Chattogram and southwestern districts via the Padma Bridge.
The 1.29 kilometer bridge will allow vehicles bound for Chattogram region from South West region and vice versa to bypass Narayanganj city to avoid traffic jams and save time, the director of the bridge project, Shoaib Ahmed.
The country’s economy will be significantly boosted as it will reduce the travel time for vehicles to and from the southwest of the country, he said.
The people will benefit most from the Padma Bridge, once the new road network is built with the bridge, he also said.
The bridge will connect Madanganaj of Bandar upazila in the east with Syedpur of Narayanganj Sadar upazila in the west. Today, motorboats are a key mode of communication for people from both sides of the river and other regions to cross it.
Speaking to BSS, garment worker Tania, a resident of Madanganj, said she had to walk to Gudaraghat every morning and cross the river by boat to reach her place of work.
The boats often collide with large ships, causing the death of passengers, as the navigation of commercial ships has increased a lot in recent times, she said.
“Now it has become scary for us to cross the river by boat. Fears multiply during the monsoon. When the bridge opens, our travels will be easier and fearless,” she said.
Bandar upazila resident and cultural figure Yusuf Atik Malik said the bridge would be more important from a national perspective than a local one.
Now vehicles from the southwestern region use the Jatrabari road in Dhaka via the Postogola bridge to get to the Chattogram region or use the Chashara and Signboard road to reach their destinations, he said.
After the opening of Shitalakhya Bridge, vehicles will not face severe traffic jams at Panchabati BSCIC Industrial Zone, Panchabati Junction, Chashara Junction, Singboard Road from Chattogram to Narayanganj or Postogola road and Shanir Akhra to Dhaka, said Shoaib Ahmed.
The vehicles will be able to bypass the capital as well as the city of Narayanganj, he said, adding that furthermore, the pressure on the capital and the city of Narayanganj will also be reduced.
Although the project was approved in 2010 by ECNEC, construction work began on January 28, 2018.
The PD said the construction of the bridge is estimated to cost Taka 608.56 crore, with Taka 263.36 crore coming from the Bangladesh government fund and Taka 345.20 crore from the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD). ).
The bridge with footbridges has 38 spans – five in the river and 33 at the east and west ends. The width of the bridge with the walkways is 22.15 meters.
The Shitalakhya River separates Bandar Upazila and Sonargoan Upazila from the district headquarters. These two Upazilas are not directly connected to the district capital by road. The Kanchpur Bridge (Shitalakhya-1 Bridge) has to be used to get to the district headquarters from the two upazilas, which requires nearly 30 km by road to cross the river by boat for only 3-5 km .
Several thousand people living in Bandar Upazila cross the Shitalakhya River by boat every day to work in Narayangonj and Munshigonj. Similarly, the people of Narayangonj and Munshigonj also cross the Shitalakhya River by boat to come to Bandar or Sonargoan Upazila. The 3rd Shitalakhya Bridge in Bandar upazila, Narayanganj will establish direct road communication between Bandar upazila and the district headquarters.