BBA to build four bridges to boost connectivity

Dhaka,  Thu,  21 September 2017
Published : 09 Aug 2017, 00:56:43
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BBA to build four bridges to boost connectivity

It inks deal with joint venture firm for feasibility study
Munima Sultana


The Bangladesh Bridge Authority (BBA) has taken an initiative to build four bridges in the eastern and southwestern parts of the country to facilitate smooth connectivity.

One of these bridges might be a little longer than the Padma bridge, the country's longest and much-talked-about bridge, while three others will be over 1.5 kilometres long, according to officials.

The bridges will enhance connectivity within the districts in the regions and with the rest of the country.

Once constructed, the bridges will play a significant role in enhancing economic activities, the officials said, adding that one bridge will reduce the distance between Dhaka and Agartala, the capital of Indian state of Tripura.

On Tuesday, the BBA signed an agreement with a joint venture firm, comprising Bangladeshi, Indian and UK companies, which will conduct feasibility studies focusing on the length, alignment, locations and importance of the bridges in the socio-economic context.

The joint venture firm, comprising STUP Consultant Private Limited of India, Development Design Consultant Ltd., DevConsultant Limited of Bangladesh and CAWI UK Limited, will carry out the year-long feasibility studies.

The proposed bridges will be built over Kalabodor and Tetulia rivers on Barisal-Bhola route, over Payra river on Patuakhali-Amtoli-Barguna route, over Karkhana river on Bakerganj-Baufol upazila route and over Meghna river on Araihajar-Banchharampur route.

BBA officials said the bridge on Barisal-Bhola route is expected to be as long as Padma bridge, as it will be built over Kalabodor and Tetulia rivers and a char to establish direct communication between Bhola and Barisal districts.

During a visit to the area, BBA officials found a char (island) between Kalabodor and Tetulia rivers, said Chief Engineer Kabir Ahmed.

However, he said, the length of the bridge will be determined after the feasibility study and is also dependent on the selection of alignment of the bridge over Karkhana river, as it will also connect Bhola with Barisal.

Apart from establishing direct link between Bhola and Barisal, this bridge will also play a crucial role in the development of industry in Bhola following the discovery of gas there.  

The bridge over Payra bridge will not only serve as an alternative road link on Patuakhali-Amtali-Barguna route, but also establish easy communication between Payra and Mongla ports. At present, Payra port is connected to Mongla Port through Amtoli, Barisal, Jhalakathi.

However, another bridge needs to be built at Betagi to establish smooth road communication between Payra and Mongla ports, said the chief engineer.

The proposed bridge over Meghna will serve as an alternative route linking Dhaka with Sylhet, Agartala and Brahmanbaria.

The joint venture firm got the work order for the feasibility study as the lowest bidder among five short-listed firms. BBA called the expression of interest from firms on January 17 and received responses from a total of 14 firms.

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