Communications Minister Obaidul Quader on Thursday said the Bangabandhu Bridge will fully be reopened to traffic on completion of its maintenance work on April 27.
One lane of the bridge remained closed to traffic due to the repair works.
“The maintenance work started in June 2011. The renovation work, including repairing of cracks, has been completed involving Tk 170 crore,” the minister said.
He was talking to reporters after a meeting with the committee members of Road Transport Vehicle Owners Association over controlling the movement of overloaded vehicles on the highways.
Obaidul Quader said. “We’re trying to set up 10 more weight-scale machines at different parts of the country, including Khulna and Sylhet.”
He said the ministry has taken necessary steps to renovate highways before monsoon to ease the movement of vehicles.
About the Padma Bridge project he said, “We had sent a letter to the World Bank through the Finance Ministry to expel the SNC-Lavalin Company from the project as we didn’t find transparency in their works during our investigation.”
About the corruption charges against Syed Abul Hossain and others, Obaidul Quader said, “How can we say it corruption before it is proved? When it will be proved we’ll say it corruption. Now, they could be termed as suspects. The ACC is investigating the charges, if they’re found guilty, the court will punish them.”
Asked about the transparency of Communications Ministry during the tenure of Syed Abul Hossain he said, “I don’t want to dig the past”.
Source: UNB Connect