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Padma Bridge rail link opening: PM Hasina reaches rally venue

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Railways minister receives the premier
Sheikh Rehana accompanying PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reached the rally venue to inaugurate the milestone project – train services on the Dhaka-Bhanga route via the Padma Bridge.

She reached the venue at Mawa Railway Station in Munshiganj at 10:57am on Tuesday.

Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujan received the prime minister.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s youngest sister Sheikh Rehana and grandchildren are accompanying her.

The 82km section connecting Dhaka and Bhanga opens on Tuesday, while the remaining portion linking Jessore is expected to be launched in June of next year, according to project officials.

On September 7, the trial run of a specialized train along the Dhaka-Bhanga route via the Padma Bridge concluded successfully.

Prior to this, Bangladesh Railway conducted a trial run from Bhanga to the Mawa end of the Padma Bridge on April 4, following the completion of the stone-less railway line on the bridge.

On October 14, of the preceding year, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the construction phase of the rail link connecting Dhaka and Jessore as part of the “Padma Bridge Rail Link Construction Project.”

The project is estimated to cost Tk39,246.80 crore, with the Exim Bank of China providing a loan of Tk21,036.70 crore.

Source: Dhaka Tribune.

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