The Padma Multipurpose Bridge Project (PMBP) will provide direct connectivity between thecentral and southwestern part of the country through a fixed link on the Padma River on Mawa-Janjira points. This project is co-financed by the Government of Bangladesh (GOB), the WorldBank (WB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Japan International Cooperation Agency(JICA) and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB). Bangladesh Bridge Authority (BBA) is theexecuting agency (EA) of the Project. The Project covers three districts
Munshiganj(Mawa/North bank) and Shariatpur and Madaripur (Janjira/South bank). The bridge is designedto be an approximately 6.15 km long fixed crossing double deck steel bridge over the RiverPadma with provisions for a four lane divided motorway, a rail line, gas pipeline, optic fibercable and power transmission lines on the bridge. A prefeasibility study was carried out in 1999,followed by a JICA-funded Feasibility Study (FS) in 2005 for preparation of the Padma Bridge.The FS formed the basis for the Government to proceed with the current detailed design andconstruction plan for the bridge
Overall Project Benefits & Impacts
It is expected that the Project will bring direct economic and social benefits to some 30 millionpeople of the Southwest region of the country. The distances of almost all the major destinationsin the region from Dhaka will be reduced by 100 km or more and hauling time of vehicles willreduce by over 3 hours each trip resulting in huge fuel saving and passenger time-saving throughthe implementation of this Project. Quick transportation of agricultural and other produces toDhaka market will fetch better farm-gate prices. Obviously, this will bring in positive economicimpact on trade, transportation, agriculture, education, health, and all other sectors, andeventually on life and livelihood of the people in the region and the nation as a whole. Inaddition, people moving to resettlement sites will greatly improve the living environment sincemany civic amenities and social infrastructure would be made available. Aother notable benefitis that the poor and highly vulnerable households, who so far did not have a secured tenure,would for the first time be provided with titled land (housing plots), economic stability andimproved quality of life at the resettlement sites.