Two-day int’l confce concludes in city

A two-day international conference on ‘bridge engineering’ ended on Saturday laying stress on the use of sophisticated and sustainable technology to erect bridges across the country.
Bangladesh Group of International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering and Japan Society of Civil Engineers jointly organised the event at a city hotel styled ‘Advances in Bridge Engineering-3’ on the occasion of the centennial of the founding of Hardinge Bridge.
Bashundhara Cement, a sister concern of the country’s leading business conglomerate Bashundhara Group, was the platinum sponsor of the event.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith addressed the concluding ceremony as the chief guest while Railways Minister Mujibul Hoque was present as the special guest.
Prof Jamilur Reza Chowdhury, convener of the conference, Prof K Nogami, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Prof Abdur Rahman Bhuiyan, Department of Civil, CUET, also spoke at the programme.
Speaking on the occasion, AMA Muhith said that Bangladesh is moving forward with the help of new technology and talents.
He said the construction of bridges over the rivers has played an important role in the overall progress of the country.
Referring to the role of Hardinge Bridge, he said such kind of construction paved the way for building bigger bridges.
Railways Minister Mujibul said that the bridge was partially damaged during the liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971 and the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman took initiatives to renovate the Hardinge Bridge.
He said the incumbent government has been working to establish a sustainable communication system in the country.
In order to enhance regional cooperation, experts from Japan, Europe and the neighboring countries presented a set of research work, models and exchanged in-depth knowledge on bridge forms, architecture and aerodynamic design and service ability requirements.