1.Introduction Padma Bridge project is one of the most challenging, significant and largest self-financing projects of the current Government (Awami league). After the refuge proposal from World Bank it was the self-esteem of government to build it self-financing. It would be multipurpose road-rail bridge across the Padma River to be constructed in Bangladesh connecting Louhajong, Munshiganj to Shariatpur and Madaripur district. It will link the south-west of the country; to northern and eastern regions. The two-level steel truss bridge will carry a four-lane highway on the upper level and a single track railway on a lower level. With 150 m span, 6150 m total length and 18.10 m width it is going to be the largest bridge in the Padma-Brahmaputra-Meghna river basins of country in terms of both span and the total length. Padma Multipurpose Bridge at a glance Coordinates23°25′21″N90°18′35″ECarries Motor vehicles, Railway Crosses Padma RiverLocale Louhajong, Munshiganj to Shariatpur and Madaripur Maintained by Bangladesh Bridge AuthorityCharacteristics Design Truss bridgeMaterial SteelTotal length 6,150 m (20,180 ft) Width 18.10 m (59.4 ft) History Designer AECOMConstructed by China Major Bridge Engineering Company Limited Construction begin 7 December 2014 Construction end Expected in December 2018 Opened December 2018 Location Map View of Padma Bridge
American Based Research Journal Vol-5-Issue-11 Nov-2016 ISSN (2304-7151) Page 93 2.Objective of the Study: The objective of the study is to investigate, measure, and evaluate whether The Padma Bridge would bring economic prospect from the perspective of peoples of bridging areas.The study will also investigate the prospect of infrastructural and industrial development of these areas. 3.Methodology of the study a.Research Approach: This research is quantitative in nature, but in some cases qualitative approach has been applies to get accurate result. In the primary stage an exploratory research has been conducted to find out the problem insight and to define it clearly. b.Sources of Data To achieve the research objectives both primary and secondary sources of data have been utilized. More emphasis is given on primary data to conduct the research program authentically. i. Primary Source: A model questionnaire has been developed to elicit essential data. The Questionnaire is structured in nature and is based on Likert Scale method. Population:All people of Munshiganj, Shariatpur and Madaripur in Bangladesh. Sampling technique:Convenience sampling technique was used to select specific customers. Sample Size:A total of 100 respondents. Survey area:Munshiganj, Shariatpur and Madaripur. Informal interviews with industry experts and project managers of the bridge. ii. Secondary Sources:Articles, Seminars, magazines, newspapers, and government data on the Padma multipurpose Bridge.
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