The people of 50 villages under three unions of Boalmari upazila have been suffering for one and a half years as a 400-metre section of the Satair Bazar-Alankhali road in Satair Bazar area has been in awful condition for long.
Locals said the 7-kilometre-long and 3.66 metre wide road is under Boalmri upazila Local Government Engineering Department (LGED).
Thousands of people, including students, of Satair, Ghoshpur and Moyna unions use the road every day, facing serious problems due to the damaged section. The suffering is beyond description when they need to take a critical patient to district headquarters, locals said.
Apart from the people of the three unions, some people of Magura and Jashore use the road as a shortcut to go Faridpur, they said.
It has become almost unfit for vehicular movement due to lack of repair or renovation for long, they added.
Khan Jahidul Islam, a trader in Satair Bazar area said people who come to the bazar on haat days have to suffer a lot due to the dilapidated road.
Rickshaw-van puller Zafar Sheikh said accidents occur regularly when they cross that portion of the road as the rainwater stays there for a long time.
Satair Bazar Managing Committee Secretary General Abu Zafar Siddiki said they told the engineer of Boalmari upazila LGED several times to repair the road, but no steps have been taken yet.
“We repaired this road two years ago but it was damaged again as there is no drainage system in Satair Bazar and the rainwater remains stagnant on the road,” said Boalmari LGED Engineer Rafiqul Islam.