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PM Hasina opens Bangladesh’s longest bridge, calls it symbol of country’s pride

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The multipurpose road-rail bridge, which is fully funded by the Bangladesh government, has been constructed at a cost of USD 3.6 billion.
Dhaka: The landmark Padma Bridge is not a pile of brick and cement but a symbol of Bangladesh’s pride, capacity and dignity, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Saturday as she inaugurated the country’s longest bridge entirely built with domestic funding. The 6.15-km-long road-rail four-lane bridge is built over the Padma river connecting southwestern Bangladesh with the capital and other parts of the country. The multipurpose road-rail bridge, which is fully funded by the Bangladesh government, has been constructed at a cost of USD 3.6 billion. The inauguration of the Padma bridge carries a lot of significance as the structure was built entirely with domestic financing, defying skepticism from some financial analysts if Bangladesh, which will only graduate from the UN’s Least Developed Countries (LDC) list in 2026, could mobilise the fund depending on domestic resources. Hasina expressed deep gratitude to the people involved with the construction of the Padma bridge.
“I have no complaints against anyone, but I reckon those who opposed the Padma Bridge construction plan and called it a ‘pipe dream’, lack self-confidence. I hope this bridge will boost their confidence,” the prime minister said.
“This bridge is not just bricks, cement, iron, and concrete This bridge is our pride, a symbol of our capacity, our strength and our dignity.

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