People of five villages have been demanding a permanent concrete bridge over the Kachalong river in Baghaichhari upazila for many years as the temporary bamboo bridge they build every year gets damaged by water from the hills and becomes very risky.
The villages are Kattoli, Mogbaan, Balukhali, Jogorabil and Boradam in Bongoltoli union.
The bridge gets damaged by water from hills in monsoon every year, said the villagers, adding that they later built the bridge voluntarily.
Members of over 3000 families use this 300-foot-long vulnerable bridge daily to maintain communication with the union parishad and the upazila headquarters amid risk of accidents, they said.
Especially school and college going students and elderly people are the worst sufferers, they said.
During monsoon, people suffer a lot to cross the bridge, they added.
In 2007, four people died after falling from the bridge, said local people.
Dharma Raj Chakma, headmaster of Bongoltoli BT High School, said there are 700 students in the institution.
He urged the authorities concerned to build a permanent bridge over the river immediately considering the students' sufferings.
SSC candidaes Buddha Sadhon Chakma and Pinki Chakma of the school said a few of their classmates sustained injuries while crossing the risky bamboo bridge.
Jyano Jyoti Chakma, chairman of the union parishad, said he has already informed the higher authorities about the matter.
Contacted, upazila Local Government and Engineering Department Executive Engineer Muhammad Moniruzzaman said they have already taken plans to build a concrete bridge over the river.