Manikganj townies suffer for deplorable road
MANIKGANJ, Dec 7: Though the Kusherchar-Talappar road under No. 9 ward in Manikganj Municipality was damaged by this year's flood, there was no step to repair it despite passing of three months.
The Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) has given assurance of taking steps but there was no response. In the meantime, several accidents have happened on the road.
Executive Engineer of BWDB in Manikganj Hasan Mahmud said to The Daily Observer on August 25 last, "We visited the damaged portion of the road several times. The municipal authority has written to us and contacted with us directly informing the matter. We are waiting for approval of the start of repairing the work. If we get the permission, we will start the work soon."
But, people have become frustrated as several months have been passed since the assurance in this connection.
While visiting the road, it was found that no repair work was done. Due to erosion, many parts of the road have gone into the nearby Kaliganga River. Hardly any light vehicles like rickshaw or van can cross the road. Besides, it has turned into a one-way road; so if one vehicle crosses the road, the other vehicle from the opposite direction cannot move through the road. As a result, people of around 20 villages are suffering much.
It is the only road for thousands of people of Nabagram and Putail unions to connect with the town. Besides, local products are carried to the town using this road. But, since the road has become deplorable, the local people are facing setback to carry their products to the district town and other areas. The worst sufferers are the students of different educational institutions who suffer much while crossing the road regularly.
Locals said they have been waiting for the start of the road's repair following the allocation. Around one-third of the road has been eroded by the river.
Sources said the BWDB set up bamboo dyke and dumped sand bags to check the erosion last year but those have disappeared by the strong current of the Kaliganga River.
Locals said it is necessary to take immediate steps to repair the road. A local trader Bhaskar Bonik said, "It is an important road. Though its one-third portion has been damaged by this year's flood, there is no step to repair it despite passing of several months. If it is not repaired immediately, we will suffer huge economic loss."
Mehedi Hasan, a student of Debendra University College, said, "I go to my college crossing the road regularly amid risk. Though the flood has ended around three months ago, there is no step to repair it. We are waiting for the allocation and immediate repair of the road."
Montu Mia, a local rickshaw puller, said, "We cross the road regularly amid high risk. Accidents may occur anytime. The erosion of the road started with the beginning of the flood. But though the flood has ended long ago, there is no step to repair it."
Businessman Shahidul Islam of Char Baroil Bazaar, said, "I am a fertiliser dealer and also have a rice shop. The goods of my shops have to be brought crossing this road amid risk. I urge the authority concerned to repair the road immediately otherwise our business will suffer setback."
Manikganj Municipality Mayor Gazi Kamrul Huda Selim said, "It is the responsibility of the BWDB to repair the road. We wrote to the executive engineer of BWDB in this connection."
Deputy Divisional Director of BWDB Mamun Hawlader said, "We have conducted a survey in this connection and identified 27 risky points on the road. We have submitted a project but did not get the design yet. We are trying to do something during this year."