People suffer for lack of bridge at Dhamoirhat
DHAMOIRHAT, NAOGAON, Oct 8: About 50,000 people of different villages under Dhamoirhat Upazila of the district are suffering for lack of a bridge on the Atrai River at Rangamati Bazaar in the upazila.
People of 40 villages, including Bhagabanpur, Gopirampur, Debipur, Silimpur, Alampur, Khelna, Barail, Chakhara, Khalna, Udayshree, Bristopur, Dangaparahat, Kutroilhat, Chawkmuli, Krishnaballav, and Mosholoi are crossing the river on boat regularly risking their lives.
Centring Rangamati Bazaar, various business establishments have been set up. Besides, there are some educational institutions, including Taltali Government Primary School, Rangamati Government Primary School and Rangamati High School.
The people of the villages go to Dhamoirhat and Patnitala upazilas and the district headquarter through roadways. But, they are facing trouble as there is no bridge on the Atrai River here. They have to use boats on their way to different destinations. However, the locals demanded a bridge on the river to ease their sufferings.
While visiting Rangamati Ghat recently, it was found that people were waiting for boat. Two haats sit at Rangamati Bazaar in a week.
Sources said villagers depend on boats to carry their products to the Rangamati Haat. Besides, they have to cross a route of extra 10 to 15 km for taking locally-grown sugarcane to Joypurhat Sugar Mill spending more time and money.
Boatman Chunu Mandal of Bhagabanpur Village said he has been carrying people on his boat for the last 20 years. About 5,000 people and at least 250 motorcycles cross the river by boat every day.
Head teacher of Taltali Government Primary School Abul Hossain said due to communication problem, the local students are remaining backward. As there is risk in riding on boat during monsoon, many students are losing their interest in attending classes.
Paddy trader Shariful Islam of Rangamati Bazaar said, if a bridge is set up here, it will play a vital role to develop the area.
Chairman of Alampur Union Parishad Md Fazlur Rahman said the demand for constructing a bridge here is very old.
Upazila Engineer under Local Government Engineering Department in Naogaon Md Ali said the tender process to build a bridge at Rangamati-Taltali is on. The tender will be opened on October 28 next, and the construction work will begin after selecting contractor.