Dhaka roads where potholes galore
Countless potholes have been forming pools of stagnant rainwater on most of our city roads, lanes and by-lanes of Dhaka. Commuters and pedestrians are facing the misery almost every day. Needless to say, this sorry state of our streets has made movement from one place to another a nightmarish experience and the situation is even worsening in the post-Eid phase. More to it -- the damaged and risky roads are causing unimaginable damage to public and private transports.
Following the prolonged monsoon showers the authorities concerned remain as indifferent as ever. According to the two City Corporation sources, they have around 1,340 kilometre roads under the DNCC and 1,000 kilometre under the DSCC.
However, Two-thirds of the roads out of the combined 2, 340 kilometres of roads have been directly and indirectly damaged by intermittent rains, lack of regular maintenance and stagnated water. Moreover, repair works on old damaged roads are missing too.
We have repeatedly blamed, poor maintenance, substandard construction, indiscriminate unplanned digging by different government agencies but our calls seems like to have fallen in deaf ears. Poorly coordinated construction works coupled with unapproved heavy vehicle movement on the roads are also not stopping. There is a marked failure in tackling the dilemma continuing for a long time now.
The situation is horrific, particularly in Badda, Rampura, Banasree, Malibagh, Khilgaon, Goran and Mirpur. The DIT road stretching from Malibagh to Rampura has become dotted with countless ditches, potholes and craters nearly three feet deep.
The point, however, if our authorities concerned are failing to address the sorry state of our roads, they can consider sharing repair and maintenance duties with other parties who can responsibly maintain our roads. From a realistic point of view, it is better than continuing to fail over the years.
Additionally, one of the reasons potholes have surfaced and increased is also because of works undertaken for rampant digging or laying pipeline, drainage and other utility services for that matter. Only proper inter-departmental co-ordination can lead to a solution in this case.
The suggestion, however, the both north and south city corporations should focus more on increasing their functional capacities while ensuring systematic well-coordinated initiatives. Also, they must complete tasks within stipulated timeframes and avoid all costly deliberate delays.
Co-ordinated initiatives must commence once the rains are over. Procrastination will worsen the pot-holed-road-dilemma further.