Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Friday said vehicles will run through the Padma Multipurpose Bridge from 2022.
He made the remarks while inaugurating the Bangabandhu, Muktijuddha and Bangladesh Corner at the Setu Bhaban marking the Victory Day and the Mujib Borsho.
Quader, also Awami League general secretary, said Sheikh Hasina, the daughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahmna, has proved that only she has the bravery to build the bridge with own funds throwing a challenge to the World Bank.
He said there was no irregularity and lack of transparency in the construction of the bridge.
The much-hyped Padma Bridge became entirely visible with the installation of the 41st and last span on December 10.
The work on the project started in December 2015.
Once in operation, the 6.15-km double-deck Padma Bridge, Bangladesh’s largest infrastructure project till date, will connect 21 southern districts with the capital, boosting the country’s GDP by 1.2 percent.
Following differences with the World Bank, the government in 2012 decided to go it alone. The second revision of the project was approved by Ecnec on January 5, 2016 with an estimated cost of Tk 28,794 and the deadline was set 2018.