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7 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Roads in bad shape

That the users of roads and highways in the country have to pay taxes in many ways and stages but in return they are not getting guarantee of safe and smooth movement on those is quite disappointing. In fact the  roads and highways have been at a perilous condition for quite a long time. There is hardly any place in the country where state of roads and highways can be described as good. Due to low quality construction works and absence of renovation the roads and highways remain unfit for movement of vehicles almost round the year. According to a report of a vernacular daily on Monday, there is no end to the sufferings of commuters on various roads and highways in the country. The daily particularly mentioned the bad shapes of Dhaka-Khulna Highway, Jessore-Khulna highway and Dhaka-Barisal Highway.     

   The roads in the capital city are also in a bad shape. Conditions of some roads have become so pitiable that vehicles ply these roads with high risks of accidents. Big potholes cracks and breaches have developed on various points of these roads making them almost death traps. Due to hazardous conditions of the roads vehicles cannot ply with the usual speed. The conditions of the same turn the worst during the rainy season.

 Unfit roads and highways have been identified as one of the reasons for road accidents as revealed in researches and surveys conducted by various organizations.

   We know the government gets a substantial amount of money every year as revenue from the roads and highways sector. If this money is spent for development and renovation of roads and highways, the conditions of the same would not have been so pitiable. Besides, money also comes from other sources. If the money could be utilised properly the conditions of the roads and highways would have been far better. But what is being done in the name of reconstruction of renovation is sheer cheating. Use of bricks and bitumen instead of concrete is responsible for the deplorable conditions of the roads.  This kind of renovation does not last long and the same revert to the previous condition.

 A section of people connected with the job is benefited while the taxpayers have to bear the brunt of such malpractice. The relevant authorities should implement the law immediately for smooth and safe movement on the roads and highways and for gearing up economic activities.                                       

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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