Alexa Seaside dam-road collapsed: No reform in 7 yrs

Dhaka, Monday   23 September 2019


Seaside dam-road collapsed: No reform in 7 yrs

 Farhad Amin, Teknaf (Cox`s Bazar)

 Published: 08:01 PM, 23 August 2019   Updated: 08:22 PM, 23 August 2019

Photo: DailyBangladesh

Photo: DailyBangladesh

This is a road of Teknafs's Shahpari Dip in Cox’s Bazar. Around 40 thousand of people from Subrung UP traveled on this road daily. Once, the road used for various a business including salt, betel leaf- betel-nut, and cattle were carried from Myanmar. However, five kilometers of damage to the road caused all the business to collapse. Apart from this, the road has remained unchanged for seven years last.

In June 2012, five kilometers of the road was broken in tidal waters. From then, transport on road transport remains stopped. Seven years have passed since then, but the road has not been reformed. About 14 km of the road from Shahpari Island, five kilometers from Hariakhali to Uttarpara, is in a dilapidated condition.

Abdus Salam of Jaliapara, Shahpari Dip, said that the main occupation of the locals is fishing in the sea and farming. Every year about sea fish worth 200 crores is supplied from the island of Shahpari. Besides, salt and betel leaf- betel-nut worth around 300 crores is sold. Which is not possible for many districts of the country. Once upon a time, the people of this island lived happily. Now spend the night in severe anxiety.

Cattle trader Abdul Shukkur said cattle were imported from Myanmar through the Shahpir dip corridor. Transport is not possible due to the road’s closure. However, the government earns Tk 3 crore a year from livestock import. On an emergency basis, the broken portion of Shahpir dip's embankment should be reformed.

Faruk, a resident of Uttarpara, Shahpirir dip, said the road had been in a dilapidated condition for seven years. Boats and speedboats have to be used in broken parts during the tide.

Nur Alam of Mistripara said that in the last few years, three thousand families of Paschimpara, Dakkhinpara, and Gholapara of Shahpir dip have become homeless.

In this regard, Sabrang UP chairman Nurul Hossain said that the Cox's Bazaar Roads and Highways department had left the five-kilometer broken road after seven years of flooding. This is increasing human misery.

Pintu Chakma, the executive engineer of Cox's Bazaar for Roads and Highways, said “An allocation of Tk. 55 crore has been received for the renovation of the five-kilometer broken road.