People suffer as bridge lies unrepaired for over a year
Thousands of people have been suffering immensely as a bridge remains damaged on an important road in Boro Basalia area of Tangail Sadar upazila for the last 14 months.
Local Government and Engineering Department (LGED) constructed the 99-metre-long bridge on Louhajang river in Mogra union in 2016 for facilitating road communication in the area. Local Lawmaker Sanoar Hossain inaugurated the bridge in December that year.
Soon after its construction, local people alleged of low quality works of the approach roads of the bridge. Moreover, influential quarters have been extracting sand illegally from near the bridge for the last few years, sources said.
Meanwhile, one side of the approach road of the bridge was washed away on July 26 last year due to pressure of flood water and huge current in the river.
As a result, communication between a part of Sadar and Kalihati upazilas through the Kuizbari-Boro Basalia-Mirpur road was snapped.
After a couple of weeks, a temporary structure made of bamboos and woods was installed on the damaged portion of the bridge for movement of people. However, movement of all kinds of vehicles except bicycle and motorcycle remains suspended since then.
During a visit couple of days ago, it was seen that people, including women and children crossing the bridge through the bamboo structure taking risk of fatal accident.
"We have been suffering a lot while moving to different places and also while carrying our goods, including agricultural products to different markets, as the bridge remains damaged," said Humayun Khan of Boro Basalia village.
"We have already requested the concerned government officials as well as local public representatives for repairing the important bridge as soon as possible," he added.
Hasmot Ali, an easy bike (battery-run three-wheeler) driver of the same area, said although it sounds unbelievable road communication has remained suspended on the important road for over one yeardue to the damaged bridge and no step has been taken so far in this regard.
Asked about the matter, Azharul Islam, chairman of Mogra Union Parishad, said that the approach roads on both sides of the bridge were damaged during the last year's flood and local people and passengers have been suffering since then.
"Thousands of people of Kakua, Elenga and Mogra are to cross at least 10 kilometers extra to go to their destinations due to the damaged bridge," he also said.
"I have already requested the LGED officials to repair the important bridge as soon as possible considering woes of the commuters," he added.
Contacted, Mohammad Hetdayetullah, upazila engineer of LGED in Tangail Sadar, said that after examining the damage of the approach roads, they have decided to install another slab on the damaged portion.
"The works of designing was going on and we hope that we can start the works after the flood water recedes," he added.