Dream Rupsha Railway Bridge awaiting launch

Dream Rupsha Railway Bridge awaiting launch

Staff Correspondentdaily-bangladesh.com

Published: 13:04 4 May 2022   Updated: 13:08 4 May 2022

The constructed Rupsha Railway Bridge; Photo: Collected

The constructed Rupsha Railway Bridge; Photo: Collected

The country’s longest Rupsha Railway Bridge is waiting for launch. 98 percent of work on the dream Rupsha Railway Bridge has been completed. After overcoming various adversities, the construction work is nearing completion.

The construction of the Rupsha Railway Bridge was one of the mega projects in the south of the country at a cost of around Tk 4,000 crore. Reviewing the progress of the work, it is expected that the train will run on the longest railway bridge in the country in June this year.

If this bridge is launched, the economy of the country will be prosperous. The potential of the Sundarbans tourism industry will increase, and the use of Mongla port will increase. The implementation of the bridge will increase economic activities – including industrialization in the southwest – which will add to the national economy. Fate will open for the backward people. The launching of the bridge will open many doors for economic and social development.

Concerned says that if the Khulna-Mongla railway construction project is implemented, it will be easier to transport goods to India, Nepal and Bhutan at a low cost. Domestic and foreign tourists can easily travel to the Sundarbans from different places.

According to project sources, the work of the Khulna-Mongla railway project is divided into 3 parts. One is the railway bridge on the Rupsha River, the other is the railway line and the another is telecommunication and signaling. 

Under the project, the length of the railway track including the loop line is 86.87 km. Among these, the construction of 64.75 km is a broad gauge railway. A 5.13 km railway bridge is being added to the Rupsha River.  

Besides, the construction of 21 minor bridges and 110 culverts and the construction of 8 stations from Phultala to Mongla in Khulna are also included. Among them, Indian contractor Larsen & Toubro is constructing a railway bridge on the Rupsha River. The rest is being done by the Indian company Ircon International. 

The cost of the entire project including land acquisition, and construction of railway line and railway bridge is estimated at Tk 3,801.61 crore. It will be the longest railway bridge in the country. 

On 21 December 2010, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved the Khulna-Mongla Railway project. Md. Tofazzal Hossain, secretary of the Ministry of Railways, inaugurated the piling work of the Rupsha Railway Bridge on October 15, 2017.

About the progress of the bridge, Subrata, an industrial relations manager of Rupsha Railway Bridge, said the overall physical progress of the project has been 98 percent. The work will be completed by June this year.