The alternative road of the under-construction bridge is also broken, crossing with risk


The bridge will be built at a cost of Tk 5 crore 46 lakh, people of at least 10 villages will benefit. For this purpose, the construction of a bridge over the Alai river has started in Boali Union of Gaibandha Sadar Upazila. During the dry season, the residents could travel on the alternative road of this under-construction bridge, but the suffering started at the beginning of the monsoon.

The alternate road constructed on the Alai River has also broken down due to heavy rains and upstream flooding. The people of these villages have to cross the river with bamboo poles at risk. Locals fear that the alternative road may also be submerged in floods.

Local Government Engineering Directorate (LGED) Gaibandha office sources say that the Lohachara bridge on the Burail Baniajan bill of Sadar and Phulchhari upazilas has become vulnerable due to its old age. As a result, LGED has taken the initiative to build bridges for the people of at least 10 villages including Sadar, Thansinghpur, Kayar Chaikgharia, Kayarpara, Chaudangi and Burail of Phulchhari upazila. The construction cost of the 54 meter long bridge is estimated at 5 crore 46 lakh taka. A contractor named Zakaulla & Brothers is working on the construction of this bridge.

The alternative road of the under-construction bridge is also broken, crossing with risk

It has been seen on the ground that the construction of a bridge has started in Boali Union of Sadar Upazila in Lohachara area. But currently the work is stopped. An alternate road has been constructed next to this under-construction bridge for the movement of common people. That too has been broken by continuous rain for a few days. Later, the locals made bamboo poles for movement on their own initiative. This is their only hope now. Students and others are crossing this bridge at the risk of their lives.

Amir Hossain, a resident of Than Singhahpur village, said, ‘You have to cross the river to go to the upazila headquarters. The road next to the bridge is broken by the rain.’

Shamima Akhter, a housewife of Dakshin Folia village, said, ‘Earlier I used to take my daughter to Sadar Upazila School by auto. Now I have to walk from home. Then you have to cross Sanko at risk.’

Asaduzzaman Sarkar, a resident of Kairpara village said, ‘Our suffering has increased due to the collapse of the alternative road made by Lohachara Bridge. Have to walk. 3 to 4 km round trip to the city is required to travel by vehicle. Risks are greater at night. How many days will the wooden floor that is being installed on the broken road? The water in the river is rising. Maybe this road will sink in the next day.’

The alternative road of the under-construction bridge is also broken, crossing with risk

Hamidul Islam, a member of Boali Union Parishad (UP), said, ‘People’s suffering has increased due to the collapse of a part of the alternative road to the under-construction bridge. At the same time, the water in the river is increasing. In this condition, this road can also sink. He demanded to do something alternative for the people of these areas to travel quickly.

Locals complain that the contractor and LGD authorities have not taken any initiative for the movement of people in these areas. In view of such complaints, Tariful Islam, the representative of the contracting company Zakaulla and Brothers, said that the broken part of the alternative road of the bridge has been arranged with wooden planks for the time being.

Chabiul Islam, executive engineer of Gaibandha LGED, said that there was a bridge where only autos, vans and motorcycles could move. Now a better quality bridge is being built and work is in progress. However, the alternative road was broken due to rain.

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