Dilapidated conditions of M’singh rural roads
Published: 01:34 PM, 12 October 2020 Updated: 01:34 PM, 12 October 2020
Thousands of kilometers of rural Mymensingh roads remain in utter negligence
The important rural roads of Mymensingh have damaged greatly as erosion and ditches are increasing day by day. Even thousands of kilometers of rural and suburban roads in the district become unusable due to lack of care and renovations, as a result, people and vehicles are moving at risk.
It is learned that 17 km out of 36 km road from Tarakanda Upazila to Dhobaura is in dilapidated condition. There are innumerable small and big ditches in this 18 km road. Although tenders were issued for the development of the road more than once, LGED canceled the work twice due to negligence of the contractors.
On the other hand, the 500-meter section of the Sutarpar link road adjacent to this road is so dilapidated that freight truck-pickup roads are getting damaged every day. Light vehicles are also having trouble moving on this road. Even in the rainy season, the road cannot be crossed on foot. Due to this, the people of Tarakanda and Dhobaura upazilas have been suffering a lot. Many roads in Nandail Upazila have also been damaged due to lack of long-term renovations and small and big potholes.
About two kilometers of the road from Gauripur Upazila to Shyamganj Bazar remains unsuitable for movement. The length of this LGED road is about 16 kilometers. Large potholes have seen at least 10 places of the road up to Shyamganj Rail Crossing, Gauripur Road Junction, Dhanmahal, Itakhla Junction and Moilakanda area. As a result, rickshaws, CNG and other large vehicles run at risk.
Although the road had been renovated and widened two years ago, it returned to its old form again within a few days.
According to LGED, 2,911 km of paved roads - out of 11,448 km of rural roads in Mymensingh - have been allocated Tk 60 crore in the last fiscal year for repairing the damaged parts of these roads. But the agency could not spend more than Tk 30 crore in the stipulated time.
LGED executive engineer Nur Hossain Bhuiyan said the repairs should be done after three years as per the rules. But many roads have not been repaired in 10 years. Also, the allocation given for the renovation work is very less than the demand.