Padma Bridge

Padma Bridge is a multi-purpose road and rail bridge over the Padma River connecting Mawa in Munshiganj district and Jajira in Shariatpur district of Bangladesh. The length of the main bridge is 8.150 km and the width is 16.10 m. built in two layers of steel and concrete, the bridge has a four-lane connecting road at the top and a rail line at the bottom. The main infrastructure of the Padma Bridge was constructed with 42 pillars and 41 spans of 150 meters length.

Padma Bridge Location:

Establishment of Padma Bridge between Jajira and Madaripur districts of Shariatpur with Mawa of Lohajang in Munshiganj.


On 16 September 1997, it was proposed to build the longest proposed bridge over the Padma River at Dhaka-Mawa-Bhanga-Khulna, about 5 km long and 18.10 m wide, to establish direct communication between the capital of Bangladesh and the south and south-west of the country.

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Construction began in 1999 and was proposed to be completed in 2004. The proposed expenditure is planned to be Tk. 2,893.50 crore from foreign sources and Tk. 650 crore from national sources.

In the Annual Development Program of the Fiscal Year 2006-2007, the Government of Bangladesh adopted a plan to build a multi-purpose bridge over the Padma River.

In the financial year 2008-09, the World Bank withdrew its investment decision after allegations of corruption by individuals involved in the proposed Padma Multipurpose Bridge project. At the same time other source countries follow suit. In this incident, the then communications minister was removed from the cabinet. Subsequently, as no such allegation was proved, the Canadian court decided to dismiss the case. Later, the Bangladesh government decided to finance the construction of the bridge from its own resources.

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Design and work plan of Padma bridge:

With the appointment of Professor Jamilur Reza Chowdhury as the President, an 11-member expert panel comprising international and national consultants was formed under the leadership of ECOM to complete the design of the Padma Multipurpose Bridge. This expert panel is appointed to provide expert advice to design consultants and development partners on the design and implementation of the Padma Bridge.

The bridge is slightly curved:

Technical Adviser of Padma Bridge Jamilur Reza Chowdhury said, If we look at the bridge from the sky, it is understood that the bridge is double curved, i.e. slightly curved twice to the right and left. This is mainly done with the drivers in mind. If the bridge is straight, the drivers get on the bridge and do not keep an eye on driving. Drowsiness comes. This increases the risk of accidents. But if you bend a little, the drivers have to be careful about it.

The physical work of Padma Multipurpose Bridge is basically divided into five packages namely- (1) Main Bridge, (2) River Governance, (3) Jajira Link Road, (4) Mawa connecting road, (5) Toll plaza etc. and Mawa and Jajira service areas. An international expert panel oversees the work of the design consulting firm. Forms tender evaluation committees for various packages of physical works.

Construction costs:

A total of Tk 30,193.39 crore was spent on the construction of the Padma Multipurpose Bridge. These expenditures include land acquisition of bridges, connecting roads, construction of infrastructure, river governance, rehabilitation and environment, salaries and allowances of those involved in the project, etc. According to the agreement of the bridge department with the finance department of the finance ministry of Bangladesh, the government of Bangladesh gave a loan of Tk 29,793 crore for the construction of the bridge. The loan will have to be repaid by the Bangladesh Bridge Authority to the Finance Department of the Ministry of Finance at 35 years interest. The Bangladesh Bridge Authority will pay it at 1 percent interest rate within 35 years.

Future maintenance of Padma Bridge with manpower of the country:

After the commissioning of the Padma Bridge, the bridge department will have all the control including maintenance and toll collection.

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The bridge department is working tirelessly as a partner in the government's development progress. This work of the Bridges Department will continue to keep the image of the Government of Bangladesh bright at home and abroad.

Padma Bridge is now the resource of the bridge department:

The maintenance and operation of the Padma Bridge was jointly entrusted to China Major Bridge Engineering Company, China and Korea Expressway Corporation, South Korea. The responsible persons and workers of the country who will be involved in this project will be trained and taught the work of maintenance and operation of the bridge. As a result, the maintenance and operation of the Padma Bridge can be done with the country's own manpower in the future.


On 16 May 2022, the Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges of the Government of Bangladesh issued a circular fixing different toll rates for different transports for crossing the Padma Bridge. The corresponding gazette is as follows. The toll rates are as follows: Padma Bridge Toll Rates.

Newly 2 Thana opened on two sides of the Padma Bridge

Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inagurated two newly constructed Thana (police station) – Padma Setu Uttar Thana and Padma Setu Dakkhin Thana on two sides of the Padma Bridge on 21 June, 2022.

Padma Bridge Inauguration:

(গণপ্রজাতন্ত্রী বাংলা‌দেশ সরকা‌রের মাননীয় প্রধানমন্ত্রী শেখ হা‌সিনা স্ব‌প্নের পদ্মা সেতু উদ্বোধন ক‌রে‌ন ২৫ জুন, ২০২২। মাননীয় প্রধানমন্ত্রী শেখ হা‌সিনা ব‌লেন পদ্মা সেতু শুধু ইট পাথ‌রের তৈ‌রি স্থাপনা নয় এ‌টি হ‌চ্ছে বাংলার জনগণের আ‌বেগ, অনুভু‌তি, গৌরব আর আত্মমর্যাদার প্রতিক।)

Inauguration of the largest Padma Bridge in Bangladesh on June 25, 2022.
The Padma Bridge opened on 26 June, 2022 for the movement of public.

Padma Bridge at a glance:

Official name: Padma Bridge (পদ্মা সেতু)
Owner: The Bangladesh Bridge Authority (BBA), Government of Bangladesh
Total length: 6,150 meters (20,180 feet)
Location: Mawa, Munshiganj to Janjira, Shariatpur
Width:18.18 meters
Height: 120 meters (394 feet)
Water depth: 122 m (400 feet)
Number of spans: 41

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Designer: AECOM (American multinational engineering firm)
Main bridge Constructed by: China Major Bridge Engineering Co Limited, China.
River training works Constructed by: Sinohydro Corporation Limited, China.
Construction start: 26 November, 2014
Construction end: 22 June, 2022
Construction cost: USD 3.6 billion
Inaugurated: 25 June 2022 at 10:00 am Bangladesh time.

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Last updated on July 06, 2022.
Created on June 23, 2022.