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Bangabandhu Railway Bridge to open door for new entrepreneurs in North

  • Update Time : Wednesday, November 22, 2023
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80 percent of the project works completed

ASHRAFUL ISLAM JOY:

The people of northern region including Bogura and Sirajganj district have now started to see the ray of hope over opening the door of economic development with the commencement of new horizon in the business and communication sector as the construction of Bangabandhu Railway Bridge is now progressing at a rapid pace.

Meanwhile, about 80 percent of the project works have been done, while rest is expected to be completed by the last of 2024.

Experts said, if the Railway Bridge is implemented, freight trains coming from abroad will be able to travel directly via capital Dhaka. It will reduce the pressure on the Bangabandhu Jamuna Multipurpose Bridge and the highway along with the reduction of import and export costs. Similarly, the risk of developing cracks at different points on the Bangabandhu Jamuna Multipurpose Bridge will come to reduce. It may help to protect the bridge along with refrain from collapse or any kind of damage. At the same time, the transportation of agricultural goods from the North region will be easier compared to the previous time as well as the cost of goods’ transportation will be reduced, which will bring positive impacts in the economic sector and social life of the region.

Tanvirul Islam, Chief Engineer of Bangabandhu Railway Bridge Project said, “This dual-gauge double-track bridge will be the largest Railway Bridge in the country. It will facilitate and improve the railway connectivity among the capital, north and western parts of the country. Apart from this, the railway department authorities believe that, this bridge will also help in reducing schedule disruptions of trains and sufferings of the commuters.”

Meanwhile, the works of developing Sirajganj Economic Zone (SEZ) and BSCIC Industrial Park have been undertaken at the western side of the Bridge. After implementation of the projects, about 1 million people of the region will get employment facilities there. Domestic and foreign industrial entrepreneurs have already shown interest in setting up factories in these regions. Not only that, if the Bangabandhu Railway Bridge is constructed, it will be easy to transport goods from the industrial zone to any country of the world using railways, roads and highways, he added.

Local businessmen believe that, the transportation of various goods including agricultural products produced in the 16 districts of the northern region will be easier than other times after inauguration of the Railway Bridge. There is immense potential of changing the fate of people in North Bengal.

Md. Masudur Rahman Milon, President of Bogura Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) told The Daily Sky that, “The long-awaited Railway Bridge is going to be implemented adjacent of the Jamuna Multipurpose Bridge. It will help to establish business and economic hub in the northern region including Bogura.”

Professor Dr. Md. Habib-e-Millat Munna, Parliament Member of Sirajganj-2 Constituency told The Daily Sky that, “Bangabandhu Railway Bridge is a gift of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for the people of northern region. After a long struggle, we are getting the longest Railway Bridge in the Jamuna river. After construction of the bridge, there will be no more train schedule collapse and commuter suffering.”

Al Fattah Md. Masudur Rahman, Director of the Project (PD) said, “The country’s largest Railway Bridge is now being built on the Jamuna river adding both the district Sirajganj and Tangail. The 4.8 km Bangabandhu Railway Bridge is being constructed on 300 meters upstream of the Bangabandhu Bridge. After the completion of this dual gauge double track bridge, at least 88 trains will be able to run throughout the bridge at a speed of 120 km per day.”

JICA is implementing the railway bridge project with the joint funding of Bangladesh and Japan at a cost of Tk 16,780 crore. The construction of the bridge is scheduled to be completed by August in 2024. After opening of the Bangabandhu Bridge in 1998, the railway link of the north-western part of the country was established via Dhaka. However, in 2008, due to cracks at different points of the Bangabandhu Bridge, the speed of the train was made restricted. At present, per day about 38 trains are crossing the bridge at a speed of 20 km per hour, causing loss of time and increasing inconvenience to the passengers for continuous schedule disruptions. To resolve the problem, the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina laid foundation stone for construction of the Railway Bridge on November 29 in 2020, at a cost of Tk 16,780 crore.

 

 

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