New Kalurghat Bridge will be built by 2022: Sujan

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CHATTOGRAM, Oct 7, 2020 (BSS) – Railway Minister Nurul Islam Sujan today said the new Kalurghat Bridge will be constructed by 2022.

He said this while inspecting the old Kalurghat Bridge at 11am.

Sujan said that Karnafuli is the traditional river of Chattogram. The demand of the people is to build the Kalurghat Bridge on this river as a railway cum road bridge is being fulfilled soon, he added.

The minister said that he had discussions with a team of Korean engineers about the bridge’s progress. “At one stage, when I sat in the meeting with them again, they said that the railway bridge and the road bridge should be separated,” he added.

“I personally discussed the matter with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a separate meeting. I presented Korea’s proposal before the Prime Minister. Then the Prime Minister directed me, not to build separate bridges. The bridge will be a railway cum road bridge,” he added.

The railway minister said, “I have taken initiative to build a railway-cum-road bridge as per the instruction of the Prime Minister. So, I came to visit the old bridge today. I hope to be able to implement the new Kalurghat Bridge by 2022. I sincerely regret that the bridge has not been constructed yet.”

Sujan said that there would be two-lane road over the bridge. The railway line will be dual gauge. If the bridge is built, it will be possible to establish rail links with India, Bangladesh and Myanmar, he added.