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India greets Bangladesh on opening of Padma bridge

Sandeep Dikshit

Dhaka, June 25

India has extended greetings to Bangladesh on the successful completion of the Padma Bridge, a groundbreaking infrastructure project, said the Indian High Commission here.

“The completion of the much-awaited project testifies to the courageous decision and visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. This success proves the decision of the PM and we firmly believe in it, which we have unwaveringly supported when Bangladesh decided to take this project forward,” said a High Commission statement.

The bridge which has been constructed at a cost of taka 30,193.6 crore (USD 3.6 billion), has been fully funded by the Government of Bangladesh.

The bridge, the 6.15 km long road-rail four-lane bridge over the mighty Padma, was inaugurated by Hasina on Saturday.

The Padma Bridge will not only improve inter-Bangladesh connectivity, but will also provide the necessary logistics and business momentum to connect the common areas between India and Bangladesh.

Bangladesh Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on June 17 clarified that the Padma Bridge is not a part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative and said no foreign funds were taken to complete the multipurpose project.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs categorically asserts that the Padma Multipurpose Bridge has been entirely funded by the Government of Bangladesh and no foreign funds from any bilateral or multilateral funding agency have financially contributed to its construction,” Bangladesh MoFA said in a statement.

The Foreign Ministry has come up with this in a press statement after noticing that some were trying to portray that the Padma Multipurpose Bridge has been constructed under the Chinese BRI and foreign funds.

According to the foreign ministry, the completion of the bridge will fulfil the dream of Bangladesh of connecting the 19 south-western districts with the rest of the country resulting in collective prosperity, socio-economic development of the country as well as enhanced regional connectivity.

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