Padma Bridge: Wait presently gets significantly more

Individuals’ hang tight for the Padma scaffold will get longer as the specialists presently try to expand the cutoff time for one and a half years.

The new cutoff time to finish the work will be June 2021; as of now it is December this year. This is the fourth time the cutoff time is being changed.

Be that as it may, the specialists didn’t look for acceleration of the task cost, which is Tk 30,193 crore, authorities said.

The Bridges Division, the executing authority of the undertaking, in September sent a proposition to the arranging service, looking for augmentation of time.

What’s more, the Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED), after an ongoing spot visit prescribed the time expansion with certain conditions.

“We will currently put the proposition before the Ecnec [Executive Committee of National Economic Council] meeting for endorsement soon,” an arranging service authority told this paper, looking for secrecy.

“The deferral in giving over the heap structure [to the contractor] is the principle explanation behind the adjustment in the calendar,” Project Director Shafiqul Islam revealed to The Daily Star yesterday.

He declined to give further subtleties.

Street Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said on August 29 that the development of vehicles on the Padma extension would start by June 2021.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Sheik Hasina, answering to an inquiry at a public interview, said it was impractical to give a particular time span for fruition of the development which is an exceptionally specialized work.

Prof Jamilur Reza Choudhury, administrator of the administration’s board of specialists on the Padma connect, disclosed to The Daily Star yesterday, “We trust that crafted by the undertaking will be finished inside the new time period if no serious issue emerges.”

In any case, the temporary worker would need to extensively accelerate the work and send extra labor and gear, he said.

Right now, the national educator watched, just two ranges are introduced in a month and it is hard to finish the work inside the time span at this speed.

Asked whether the undertaking cost may raise further, he said “It would rely upon the cost of the key materials including fuel, stone, steel, bars, bonds and gifted workers.

“On the off chance that costs of the fixings go up, the expense of the task will increment further. In the event that the costs go down, the task cost will diminish.”

Two significant segments of the undertaking are the fundamental extension and stream preparing.

Eighty-four percent work of the principle extension is done while 63 percent work of waterway preparing have been finished till September, as per the task reports.

The principal length was introduced on September 30, 2017. The Padma scaffold will have all out 41 ranges.

Around 2,250-meter stretch of the scaffold is presently obvious as the fifteenth range (superstructure) was introduced on October 22.

Once developed, the scaffold will straightforwardly associate the funding to 21 southern areas, through street and railroads.

Purposes for DELAYS

IMED, in its report, referenced four purposes for the postponement – two reasons each identifying with the principle extension and stream preparing.

The specialists need to overhaul heaps of 22 docks, out of 40, as contrasts developed between the data acquired through geotechnical examination in the plan stage and development stage.

The specialists neglected to put the structure of the heaps of docks on ideal time and this added to the postponement.

The report likewise indicated the postponement in heap re-structuring that additionally conceded the development of length (steel bracket), the report said.

Solid flows in the Padma in 2015 made two colossal scours (disintegration gap) in the waterway, driving the specialists to change work for slant assurance, causing a half year’s deferral.

The contractual worker couldn’t finish the stream preparing on time because of solid current, it additionally referenced.

In any case, the intricacies over the wharfs have been tended to.

The IMED in the report gave a few conditions, including setting up another work plan for the crisp cutoff time and guaranteeing opportune payment of cash.


A practicality study on the undertaking was directed with help from Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) from 2003 to 2005. The first cost was assessed in 2007 based on the investigation.

At that point cost was Tk 10,161 crore. Nonetheless, it did exclude the expense of railroad lines on the scaffold.

With financing from the Asian Development Bank, the work on a definite plan of the scaffold had begun in 2009.

The expense nearly multiplied to Tk 20,507 crore when the primary modification was done in 2011, including the expense of the railroad lines.

As per the main correction, the venture was booked to be finished in 2015.

The experts in 2015 reexamined the undertaking cost by 40 percent, raising the assessed expense to Tk 28,793 crore. The cutoff time for finish of the venture was stretched out to 2018.

Afterward, the cutoff time was reached out to December 2019 and the cost shot up to 30,193 crores to gain extra land a year ago.

The World Bank pulled back its $1.2 billion advance in 2012 over the claims of debasement tricks, which the administration in every case unequivocally dismissed.

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