9 years on broken bridge
Published: 02:00 PM, 19 October 2019
Photo: Daily Bangladesh
The bridge over the Krishnopur canal has been broken for 9 years at Kalmakanda, Netrokona. People of 10 villages of Rangchati UP of this Upazila are suffering for a long time. In the above circumstances, people from different professions, students, elderly people, and patients have to cross the river at risk.
It is reported that the World Vision constructed the bridge over the canal in 2004. The bridge collapsed in the flood of 2010. Despite repeated appeals, authorities don’t take any initiative to reform the bridge since then.
Source says, as there is no alternative way, people from 10 villages have to cross the river through this broken bridge. Every year, a culvert is being made in broken parts of the bridge in the rainy season.
There are two high schools, two primary schools, and a madrasah on either side of the bridge. Thousands of students, locals, and businessmen use this road daily, said UP Member Akkas Ali. “People from 10 villages including Krishnopur, Uttarpara, Dakshinpara, Raipur, Bishaouti, Banaikona, Burimari have to use this road to go to the Upazila Sadar and District Headquarters.”
UP Chairman Tahera Khatun said that pregnant mothers, children, and elderly patients went to the Upazila Health Complex by crossing the broken bridge daily. Besides, this road is also used to transfer agricultural goods. “Due to the narrow culvert, accidents are occurring here at regular intervals.”
Upazila Engineer Afsar Uddin said, “The site of the broken bridge on the Rangchati-Krishnopur road has been inspected. Proposals for road renovation and construction of new bridges have been sent. The project cost was estimated at Tk 34 lakh. Hopefully, the construction work will start soon.”