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Kushtia-Jhenaidah Highway in terrible state for long

  • Published at 12:59 am September 30th, 2016
Kushtia-Jhenaidah Highway in terrible state for long
According to local sources, about 24 kilometres of the road damaged completely and potholes developed at several points as substandard materials had been used to repair it. The road becomes unidentifiable during the rainy season, when rain waters deposit on the potholed road making it invisible for road users, including drivers. Fatal accident is regular incident in the district due to dilapaitated situation of the road. Specillay the passengers of local huamn haulers are the worst victim. Recently, five female labourers were killed and four others injured in a collision between a truck and a human hauler in Bottoil area. Locals said a truck collided with the human hauler carrying the labourers on Kushtia-Jhenaidah highway, killing two of them on the spot. Later, locals and fire rangers rescued the injured and sent them to Kushtia General Hospital where three others died under treatment. Kushtia highway police SI Amirul Islam said the accident took place while the labourers were going to a local private factory. Kushtia model police station SI Azizur Rahman said: “We have seized the vehicles but the drivers managed to flee the scene.” Rafiqul Islam, supervisor of a private bus services, said the drivers of buses and small vehicles had to face critical situation as most portion the road remained in dilapidated state. According to Roads and Highways sources,  Mrs Zamil Iqbql Enterprize, a constuction firm had taken the charge to repair the road  at cost of Tk7.80 crore in 2014. The firm was supposed to complete the work in June this year. In the meantime the enterprize had drawn Tk6 crore leaving the work incomplte, said the sources. When Dhaka Tribune correspondent visited Mazampur, Chourhash, Alampur, Brithipara and Laxmipur areas found brick and tar had washed way. Zahiruddin, resident of Bottoil area near the road, said the highway  had turned into dilapidated situation so early due to using of substandard materials. SI Suman, in-charge of highway police outpost, said due to diliapadated situation of the road, number of accidents had increased recently. A leader of Tranport Owners Association said they had observed several porgrmmes demanding repair the road. By taking bribe from the constuction firm, the roads and highway department had given work to the entrprise, he said. Deputy Engineer Dev Doyal of the district roads and highways department said the road had become unfit for vehicles due to heavy shower this year. Shohag Mian, engineer of the department said to solve the problem a longtrem plan should be taken, otherwise the same situation might be seen.