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MBEC wins bid of Padma Bridge in Bangladesh

Source: hubei.gov.cn 06/06/2014 03:06:56

China's Zhongtie Major Bridge Engineering Group Co. Ltd (MBEC), which is located in Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei province, won the bid on June 2 to construct the Padma Multipurpose Bridge, according to MBEC on June 5.

Padma Bridge is a multipurpose road-rail bridge across the Padma River to be constructed in Bangladesh. When completed it will be the largest bridge in Bangladesh and the first fixed river crossing for road traffic.

It was the largest international bridge construction project that Chinese enterprises have ever undertaken, with a bid amount of 1.549 billion U.S. dollars.

As known, this bridge will be built over Padma River, one of the three major rivers in Bangladesh, after it is joined by Jamuna River. About 6.15 km of the bridge will be built over the river, with the upper layer being a four-lane road and the lower layer being a single track railway, while the total length of driveway and railway approach on both riverbanks reaches 3 km.

The project was estimated to last 42 months, and was planed to officially launch construction in mid-July. When completed, the bridge will become a transportation hub connecting Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh, with 21 cities in southern Bangladesh. It will also enhance regional trade and collaboration along the Trans-Asian railway network, which connects China with Southeast Asia. According to Bangladeshi government, the bridge will boost the domestic economy growth by 1.2 percent.

Being the largest infrastructure project in Bangladesh, the bridge is affectionately referred to as the 'Dream Bridge' by local residents. It is the 5th bridge construction project undertaken by MBEC in Bangladesh. (hubei.gov.cn)