People suffer for want of bridge in Sirajganj
SIRAJGANJ, May 18: Thousands of people of eight villages are suffering much in absence of a bridge over the Hurasagar River in Belkuchi upazila of the district.
For averting difficulties, the people built a 100-metre long bamboo bridge around one year ago with their combined fund but that bridge has also been damaged and turned unsuitable for communication now.
As a result, thousands of people are maintaining their communication with only one boat.
The worst sufferers are the students who cannot go to their respective educational institutions in time. Besides, the local farmers cannot carry their products to the market properly.
The situation turns worse during the rainy season when the people cross the river amid life risk. As there is no boat after nightfall, the situation turns deplorable for the people trying to cross the river.
The local public representatives, in different times, gave assurance to build a bridge over the river but that was not materialised yet. In this connection, the affected people submitted written application to the concerned authority to build a bridge.
Sources said, the Hurasagar River flows between Joknala and Char Joknala villages under Bhangabari union in Belkuchi upazila of the district. Several thousand people of Char Joknala, Bhutiapara, Khudra Joknala, Shyalborisha, Gobindapur, Khas Sonamukhi, Soguna and Par Soguna villages have to cross the river through the Trimohony ghat of Char Joknala village.
Most of the demands for vegetable and milk are met with the products from these villages. As most of the educational institutions, markets and hospitals are on the eastern side of the river, the people of the western side have to wait for hours to cross the river on boat.
The situation turns worse when any patient has to be carried to the mainland crossing the river.
Chairman of Bhangabari union parishad Khandaker Fazlul Haque Bhashani said, "We have been demanding to build a bridge over the river for long but it has not been materialised. Thousands of people are suffering much for want of a bridge."
Abdus Sobhan of Joknala village said, "There is no bridge over the river at Trimuhony ghat point. Thousands of people are crossing the river on a boat. The local farmers cannot carry their products to markets in time. As a result, they have to sell their products at throwaway prices locally."
He said with anger that the public representatives assure them of building bridge before election, and after the election, they forget their pledges.