Saudi ambassador in Dhaka Essa Yousef Essa Al Duhailan termed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visionary decision to build the country’s longest Padma Bridge by own fund as “revolutionary”.
“I admire Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for taking the revolutionary step of self-financing to build the Padma Bridge,” he told media at the Saudi embassy.
The ambassador said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has proven repeatedly that she is the able daughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Hasina by uplift the Bangladesh’s economy to new height.
Duhailan said Bangladesh premier’s ability to make quick decisions in keeping the country’s economy on track is marvelous while many big nations have struggled under similar circumstances.
The ambassador appreciated Bangladesh’s political stability and overall security environment which he thinks very favorable to foreign investors.
The ambassador added: “It’ll put Bangladesh in a higher position”.
He said the Padma Bridge is a unique project nationally and internationally and it will help Bangladesh think beyond and build more infrastructures in the future.
“It (Padma Bridge) is one of Bangladesh’s most significant achievements that helped accomplish the people’s dream,” he said.
The envoy said the Padma Bridge would encourage international investors including the Saudi companies to give a serious look at Bangladesh as an investment destination.
“Saudi companies are increasingly looking at Bangladesh as an investment destination”, he added.
The ambassador congratulated President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her government as well as the people of Bangladesh on behalf of the custodians of the two holy mosques, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz and crown prince Mohammed bin Salman ahead of the historic day of the formal inauguration of the mega project.
He extended good wishes to the people of Bangladesh whose joint efforts are helping establish a stronger and progressive Bangladesh as dreamt by Bangabandhu to build Sonar Bangla.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to inaugurate the country’s longest ever 6.15-km Padma Bridge constructed with domestic financing, discarding foreign loans or grant of any type while the finance ministry provided Bangladesh Bridge Authority an amount to Taka 30,000 crore as credit.
It may be mentioned here that on June 25, 2022, multipurpose Padma Bridge shall be inaugurated by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. This multipurpose road-rail bridge across the Padma River will be linking the south-west of the country to northern and eastern regions. This bridge is considered as the most challenging construction project in the history of Bangladesh. The two-level steel truss bridge carried a four-lane highway on the upper level and a single-track railway on a lower level. The Padma Bridge with 150.12-meter (492.50 feet) long 41 spans, 6.150 kilometers (3.821 miles) total length and 22.50 meters (74 feet) width is the longest bridge in Bangladesh and longest over Ganges in terms of both span and the total length. The highest depth of pile of this bridge is 122 meters, which is highest among all other bridges. This bridge is expected to boost country’s GDP by as much as 1.20 percent.