Locals blame soil removal, poor building materials
A 40-foot long bridge in Kurigram, constructed at a cost of around Tk 31 lakh, has collapsed in only three months, causing extreme suffering to commuters.
The bridge, constructed over Abashongami canal at Purba Dhoniral of Kurigram's Fulbari upazila by the Disaster and Relief Department under its "15 metre wide and breadth bridge/culvert construction" project, collapsed on August 11.
ATM Dilder Hossain Titu, a contractor of Kurigram old station, built the bridge at a cost of Tk 30.77 lakh. Locals alleged that the bridge collapsed due to low quality building materials and other irregularities.
Visiting the spot, reporters found that the bridge collapsed as the walls flanking the bridge moved away from the main structure, causing it to subside.
Many local residents raised questions as to how the bridge, built on a canal with no current, tilted and collapsed.
"The thin rods became visible from the collapsed portion, making it impossible for vehicles to move through the bridge," alleged locals.
Meanwhile, local UP Member Abdul Hamid said: "The bridge was not constructed as per the estimate, which caused it to collapse."
"The damage was caused due to removal of soil from under the bridge after the recent flooding," said Upazila Project Implementation Officer (PIO) Sabuj Kumar Gupta.