POST TIME: 22 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 22 November, 2019 12:50:50 AM
Bridge without approach roads causes sufferings

Bridge without approach roads causes sufferings

A bridge constructed on a Dhaleswari river tributary at Kakrail village under Katulee upazila parishad (UP) under Tangail Sadar upazila lacks approach roads on both sides, which is causing great inconvenience to the locals. Sources within the Local Government and Engineering Department (LGED) said construction on the 45-metre-long and 2.2-metre-wide concrete bridge on a tributary of the Dhaleswari at Kakrail village was completed in January this year at a cost of Tk 36 lakh. But the authorities are yet to build approach roads on the two sides of the bridge. As a result, people are unable to use the bridge from either side.

Locals have erected ladder-like structures made of bamboo on both sides of the bridge as a temporary solution. However, the bridge has become a death trap for school-going children, patients, and the elderly. People from the Kakrail, Kharjana, Bausat and Chowbaria villages use the bridge everyday despite the high risk of accidents. Nayum, a school student, said that it is difficult to cross the bridge on a bicycle. Abdul Malek of village Kakrail said using the bridge is risky because of the absence of approach roads.

Many people have slipped off the bamboo structures and sustained injuries. Nazma Begum, a housewife from the village, urged the government to arrange for the construction of the approach roads at the earliest.

Iqbal Hossain Miah, chairman of Katulee UP, said the upazila parishad has already allocated 10 MTs of rice for construction of the approach roads. Faruk Ahmed, LGED engineer of Sadar upazila, confirmed that the LGED will complete the construction of both the approach roads by December this year.