Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed walks after formally opening the Bangabandhu bridge. Image Credit: Gulf News archives

1998 - The Bangabandhu multi-purpose bridge over the Jamuna opened ushering in a new chapter in the country’s communications. Prime Minister Shaikh Hasina, who unveiled the plaque and formally opened the billion dollar bridge to traffic, also became the first person to cross it and pay the fixed toll. The inauguration of the largest bridge in south Asia sees the fulfilment of a nation’s dream as it links the northern parts to the rest of the country. The 4.8 km long, 18.5 metre-wide bridge is the 11th largest in the world. With the opening of the bridge it will take between six and eight hours to cross the mighty river from Dhaka to the country’s northern districts.

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