The Bangladeshi Floating Bridge in Jessore

Staff Correspondent
7 August 2019, Wed
Published: 04:58 Updated: 02:19

The Bangladeshi Floating Bridge in Jessore

The floating bridge, situated at Jhampa village to Manirampur upazila headquarters via Rajganj Bazar under Jessore District, it's called Jhampa floating bridge. 

Thousands of people including school college and Madrssa going students from Jhampa village and nearby areas are got to better communication opportunity.

Every day Many people, families, friends and picnic parties are coming  from different areas of the country for visit the floating bridge.

The thousand-foot-long bridge, made of 839 plastic drums, 800 iron angles and 250 four-foot-wide iron plates, involved a cost of around Tk 70 lakh, said Mehedi Hasan Tutul, president of Jhampa Village Development Foundation. 

The story goes back to five years ago. A few people including Asaduzzaman, a local teacher, were sitting on the banks of the Baor. Seeing a sand lifting machine that was kept floating on plastic drums, Asaduzzaman suggested that such drums could also float a bridge, Tutul said.

They started spreading the idea to the villagers and fund collection for the purpose followed.

“Early this year (2017), the foundation was formed, comprising 56 youths of the village. Locals in general cooperated. We started work for construction of the floating bridge in August,” Tutul said.

The bridge has been constructed with a steel seat on floating drums. Security railing is on both sides. The bridge is floating in such a way that there is a different kind of romance in the minds of people. Curiosity seems awake to feel like walking on the water.

Jessore Deputy Commissioner Ashraf Uddin inaugurated the bridge on 2 January 2018.