The Madhumati river devoured a 90-metre-long portion of the road stretching from Kamarkhali Bazar to Bir Srestho Shaheed Lance Naik Munshi Abdur Rouf Library and Memorial Museum at Gandakhali in Madhukhali upazila of Faridpur in the district a week ago.
Faridpur Water Development Board (WDB) authorities are dumping geo sandbags to prevent the erosion but the locals have raised questions about the work quality.
A large number of people from 20 villages using the seven-km-long road to reach different destinations including the upazila and district headquarters are facing untold sufferings as the road has become almost unfit for vehicular movement.
Visiting the area, this correspondent found 12 workers dumping geo sandbags in the river erosion area. At least six homesteads and a number of trees are now under threat of erosion by the Madhumati.
Mintu Mollah, 34, a resident of Gandakhali village, said, "The river caused erosion in the area on several occasions during the last 15 years. It has been observed that when the erosion starts in the rainy season, the WDB men throw sandbags in the name of preventing erosion. But within a few days it was washed away."
Rickshaw-van puller Enamul Khan, 30, of Nawrapare village, said, "When the rainy season comes, they do name-only protection work. If any puller becomes a little careless, he can fall into the river."
Sahera Begum, 49, a housewife of Gandakhali village, whose house is only eight to nine metres away from the river, said, "We are passing days in fear erosion by the river. We may even die if the river suddenly devours our house at night."
According to the WDB sources, the protection work is being done in the 90-metre portion at the cost of Tk 59 lakh and 65 thousand, using bamboo and geo sandbags.
Sultan Mahamud, executive engineer of WDB in Faridpur, said, "We are dumping geo sandbags to prevent river erosion for the time being. We are developing a project for permanent protection work on the 11-km-long area from Kamarkhali to Bhatiapara. If the project is implemented, this problem will be solved."