Dhaka, Jan. 26 -- During the inauguration of the long-awaited Padma Multipurpose Bridge last year, Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujan said that a 169-km-long railway link connecting Dhaka to Jashore via the bridge would be launched by June 2023.

Now, project officials are saying that it will not be possible to complete the work by June, and the launch will be further delayed.

According to the officials, passengers will have to wait until next September to cross the Padma River by train. But the train will only travel to Faridpur's Bhanga. Rail connectivity between Bhanga and Jashore will be launched in December 2024.

The 6.15 km-long bridge connects 21 administrative districts with Dhaka by road, making travel hassle-free for people i...