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An aerial photograph of the Padma multipurpose bridge and railway project in Louhajang, Dhaka.AFPMUNIR UZ ZAMAN

The Government of India has congratulated Bangladesh on the completion of the Padma Multipurpose Bridge.

Praising the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the Indian High Commission in Dhaka said the infrastructure project illustrates her bold decision-making abilities and that India has always supported the developmental initiatives of Bangladesh.

“The Padma bridge will not just help the internal connectivity of Bangladesh, but will also improve trade and logistics between India and Bangladesh. This bridge will play an important role in improving bilateral India-Bangladesh and subregional links,” said the Indian mission in a congratulatory message.

The Padma Multipurpose Bridge is the biggest infrastructure project of Bangladesh. It was inaugurated on Saturday morning by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina by paying toll tax.

“This success proves the resolve of Prime Minister Hasina that we strongly believed in. India extended unwavering support when Bangladesh decided to self-finance the construction of the project,” declared the official Indian statement. The bridge will connect at least 20 districts of Bangladesh and is expected to help in faster transportation of goods and commodities with India and other neighbouring countries like Nepal and Bhutan.

Prime Minister of Pakistan Shehbaz Sharif too sent a congratulatory message to Ms Hasina and said the “bridge is an important landmark in the development journey of fraternal Bangladesh”.

In a speech delivered on Friday, Prime Minister Hasina, however, said that the principal opposition BNP is linked with Pakistan. “They always sing dil me hei Pakistan , so it is obvious that they do not want prosperity of Bangladesh,” said Ms Hasina criticising those who used to oppose the construction of the Padma bridge.

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