Many of us have heard that the dream project “Padma Bridge” will bring huge advantage to Bangladesh. But the truth is that we, or most of us haven’t got the slightest idea as to how that is going to happen. How can one single bridge increase a country’s GDP by 1.2%?? As low as the numbers may sound, 1.2% is a big deal.1.2% of a $250 billion dollars GDP is $3 billion dollars, which will only increaseproportionally with every year’s GDP amount. As a result the increase of GDPpercentage will be larger than our friendly neighbour Myanmar’s 2017 defencebudget of $2.14 billion dollars. But how is it possible?? This is only a bridge we are talking about??!Convenience that this bridge is goingto provide:-Padma bridge under construction1. This two storied bridge is 6.15 KM in length, consisting of 41 linked spans. According to the original design the bridge had only one floor and had a budget of 10,000 crore BDT. After realising the need for rail transport, an updated design consisting of both rail and motor road was made. A single floored bridge became multi storied. As a result the expense also became double. Along with this revised cost of 30,000 crore BDT, secondary aspects and side projects like, river ruling, connecting roads and maintenance area, are also included. If the initial plan of only building a motorable bridge was carried out, a bridge that can carry a load of 70-80 tonnes would have been enough. But as the bridge is now suppose to accommodate Trains too, it has to carry a much larger load. Pylons have to be buried much deeper, to increase load capacity . This new design could carry a load of 2400 tonnes.
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- Fall '09
- Road, Southern United States, padma bridge