The Rupsha Railway Bridge will have a lifespan of 100 years; a challenging feat of engineering: Official

The Rupsha Railway Bridge, part of the Khulna-Mongla Port Railway Line Project, will have a lifespan of 100 years and it is a difficult engineering feat as it required basic injection technology specialist for piling work, said its project manager.

“The bridge was built over the tidal Rupsha River and it was a difficult engineering feat,” Amritosh Kumar Jha told UNB.

He said everything needed to be maintained properly to ensure the bridge’s longer life and hoped the bridge would bring multiple benefits.

Working in the navigation channel for safe vessel traffic was hard work, the project manager said, thanking everyone for supporting them in the successful implementation of the project.

The 5.13 km single-track broad gauge railway bridge, supported under India’s Concessional Line of Credit (LOC), was completed on June 25.

The Rupsha Railway Bridge was built by Indian EPC contractor M/s L&T and linked Khulna to the port city of Mongla via a railway line.

A total of 856 pile foundations were constructed on viaduct sections and 72 pile foundations were constructed for the steel bridge section with an average pile length of 72 m.

The bridge also has additional features such as navigational defense piles upstream and downstream of the jetty, to ensure safe navigation in the river.

The navigational clearance for the main deck is more than 18m from the standard high water level (SHWL).

The construction materials for the steel bridge superstructure were imported from India by road, sea and inland rivers.

The total cost of the project (Khulna-Mongla Port Railway Line Project) is US$388.92 million while the construction cost of Rupsha Bridge is US$169.26 million.

Read: Rupsha Railway Bridge, Khulna-Mongla Port Railway Line to Facilitate Cargo Transportation; connectivity

The bridge also has additional features such as navigational defense piles upstream and downstream of the jetty, to ensure safe navigation in the river.

When completed, the railway line would help increase connectivity to Mongla Port, the 2nd largest port in Bangladesh, and provide an alternative route for rail and maritime trade. It would also allow other countries in the region to use the port and boost sub-regional trade.

The Rupsha railway bridge and the Khulna-Mongla port railway line will greatly facilitate the round-trip transportation of goods and improve connectivity, officials said.

Accessibility to Mongla Port will also improve market access for local businesses, including agricultural produce from farmers in the area, they said.

Officials say it is also expected to have a positive impact on tourism in important sites in southwestern Bangladesh.

Upgrading Mongla Port

The Mongla Port Modernization Project was taken over under the third concessional LOC and includes the construction of jetty no. 1 and 2 from Mongla Port at an estimated cost of US$530 million.

Mongla Port is the second largest port in Bangladesh and has good inland connections to the business hub of Khulna.

Egis India Consulting Engineering Ltd emerged as a “technically qualified” bidder for the project’s PMC contract, an official said. The value of the PMC contract is $9.6 million.

With the development of the Khulna-Mongla port railway project, the development of this port will add to the maritime links for the movement of goods not only between India and Bangladesh, but also between Bhutan and Nepal, officials said. engaged in the project.

The project will significantly improve sub-regional connectivity, trade and commerce and accelerate growth for the whole region, they said.

The Indian government has extended four lines of credit to the government of Bangladesh amounting to $7.862 billion.

A total of 42 projects have been undertaken under these lines of credit so far, of which 14 projects have been completed and the rest are in various stages of implementation, an official told UNB.

Disbursements under these lines of credit had reached $1,155 million as of the end of Bangladesh’s financial year, June 30, 2022.

Comments are closed.