Dhaka: Bangladesh has categorically denied that its longest bridge over the river Padma will be built with the help of China. The report emerged in Indian and other media reports that the bridge is being funded by China as part of its Belt and Road Initiative.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh has cleared the air that some quarters are trying to portray that the Padma Multipurpose Bridge, which is to be inaugurated on June 25 by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has been constructed with the help of funds received from other countries.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has revealed that the bridge has been fully built by the Bangladesh government and that it has financed the construction of the Multipurpose Bridge. “Both Bangladeshi and foreign construction firms worked together for the completion of the project,” said the foreign ministry spokesperson in a statement.
The construction of the bridge would be a landmark for the nation, connecting the 19 south-western districts with the rest of the country. Its outcome is expected to benefit Bangladesh’s collective prosperity and socioeconomic development.”The bridge will make regional connectivity smooth,” said the statement.
The ministry remained mum on the question of which countries the construction companies were hired from.
The closest neighbour of India wants cooperation so that they can make this project a grand success. Bangladesh has been hoping that all friends will join their hands in the completion of this landmark project in Bangladesh. More importantly, the ambitious project turned into reality due to the contribution of the people and the government of Bangladesh.