All 207 lampposts installed in the Mawa point of the Padma Bridge were lit up together for the very first time at 5:30 PM on Monday.
Earlier on 4 June, 24 lampposts installed between the 14th and 19th pillar of the bridge were illuminated on a trial basis. By 11 June, all lampposts of the bridge were lit using generator power.
Padma Bridge’s executive engineer Dewan Md Abdul Quader told Prothom Alo on Monday evening, 207 lampposts of the Padma Bridge were lit up together for the first time on a trial basis using power connection from Munshiganj Rural Electrification Board.
He further said that on Tuesday, the lampposts on the Jazira point will be similarly lit. After that, all lampposts on the bridge will be illuminated at the same time. It could take another 2-3 days to turn on all lampposts together.
On 4 June, the lampposts in the bridge were lit up for the first time
On 4 June, the lampposts in the bridge were lit up for the first timeSazid Hossain
When asked about keeping the lights on from evening till morning everyday leading up to the inauguration ceremony, he said as there will be no vehicular travel on the bridge before inauguration, keeping the lights on will be a waste of electricity. Final decision will be taken after further discussion.
A source at the bridges division said, work to install lampposts first began on the viaduct at Mawa point, Munshiganj on 25 November 2021.
A total of 415 lampposts have been installed on the 6.15-km bridge. Of these, 328 lampposts have been installed in the main bridge, 46 in viaducts at Jazira point and 41 in viaducts at Mawa point. Work to install lampposts on the main bridge was completed on 18 April.
Earlier on 24 May, power connection was set up at the bridge’s substation on the 42nd pillar of Jazira point. Shariatpur and Munshiganj Rural Electrification Boards will supply 80 kilowatt of electricity each to illuminate the 415 lampposts on the bridge.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the bridge on 25 June. The bridge will be opened up for vehicles on 26 June.