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2 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Locals suffer in absence of bridge on Bonsai River

OUR CORRESPONDENT, Tangail
Locals suffer in absence of  bridge on Bonsai River

Thousands of people of Sandhanpur, Dholapara, Lawkhindhor and Rasulpur unions of Ghatail upazila have been suffering for decades due to the lack of a bridge on the Bonsai river at Pacharata point. The river flows through the bordering areas of the four unions.  

Even though 48 years have passed since the independence, no bridge has been constructed over the river at the vital point.

Locals have been crossing the river by boat during the rainy season. They also use a bamboo bridge built several years ago. It is about 200-feet long.  But the bamboo bridge has become shaky and people use it at great risk, villagers said.  Patients, goods-carrying rickshaw vans, and hundreds of students from the unions use the unstable bamboo bridge every day. People of 70 villages, including Kajla, Sorabari, Pacharata, Dholapara, Ghonerdewli, Ramkhali, Konabari, Ganjana, Chanderdewli, Ghandhi, Gangair, Amajani, Badamjani, and Golabari, use the vulnerable bamboo bridge. The pupils of Ragunathpur Government Primary school, Pacherata Dakhil Madrasha, Pacherata Nurani Madrasha also use it.

It is learned that Rasulpur union health and family welfare centre and sub-centres have been established on the east side of the river. But pregnant women and elderly people are being deprived of services provided at the centres as they cannot cross the river.

Hazera Bibi, a resident of Rasulpur, said: "I got married in Parki village. I used to visit my father’s house by boat. But now, I can’t cross the river through the bamboo bridge. I can't visit my parents' grave." ’Farook Mia, a grocery shop owner of Sandhanpur union parishad, said: "The pathetic situation during the rainy season can’t be expressed in words. No bridge has been built here during the last 70 years."  Rasulpur upazila parishad chairman UP Emdad Sarker said: "Many chairmen and MP passed before my tenure. But nobody resolved the chronic problem. I have been toiling sincerely to fix this problem. The LGED has undertaken a project to build a bridge on the river. The local MP is helping to complete the tender process. I hope that locals will get the result soon. Another bridge was built on Porabari-Garobazaar, which can be used for now as an alternative."

 

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