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Transparency needed in bridge construction

WHAT IS NEEDED IS STRICT SUPERVISION BY THE RELEVANT AUTHORITIES SO THAT NO LOOPHOLE CAN OCCUR IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF BRIDGES

That a 40-foot long bridge in Kurigram, constructed at a cost of around Tk 31 lakh, has collapsed in only three months, causing extreme suffering to commuters no more surprises us as there is no dearth of such vulnerable bridges throughout the country. Local people alleged that the bridge collapsed due to low quality materials and other irregularities.

Infrastructure development is vital for improving rural communication network thus facilitating overall socio-economic advancement of the country. The improved transportation network also facilitates reducing the transportation cost and creates marketing facility of the produce. This also    contributes to raising standard of living in the remote villages. Ours is a country crisscrossed by scores of rivers, marshes and canals. Many bridges have been constructed to cross these waterways easily. But all the bridges are not functioning due to infrastructural problems. Those warrant immediate address.        

Due to low quality construction works and absence of renovation many bridges have become unfit for use. There should be accountability and transparency in the construction and repairing works of the bridges for reducing public sufferings.  Besides, due to absence of approach roads many bridges are serving no purpose. It defies logic that if a bridge can be constructed what is the problem in constructing approach road? Does building of approach road involve more money than building bridge? This kind of lackadaisical attitude cannot be accepted. It is the public who are the ultimate sufferers. It is also sheer drainage of the national exchequer.

There should not be any compromise with quality of construction works and transparency in the whole process. Monitoring teams should supervise the construction and repair works of bridges.  Inoperative bridges can also be the cause of accidents. People of many villages have to depend solely on the bridges to go from one place to the other. If the collapsed bridges are not reconstructed or repaired on emergency basis it will expose thousands of people to immense sufferings.  What is needed is strict supervision by the relevant authorities so that no loophole can occur in the construction works of bridges. Cooperation of contractors, officials and local people is needed for implementing construction and periodical maintenance works of bridges using quality construction materials to ensure sustainable infrastructures for communication.

 

 

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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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