The suffering becomes worse for farmers, as they have to cross the bridge with their goods to reach their destinations
More than 1,00,000 people of nine villages in Sakhipur and Basail upazilas of Tangail have been facing immense sufferings for years for want of a concrete bridge over the Bangshai River.
The 100-feet long bamboo bridge is the only link for the villages with areas like Chakdah Bazar, Mirickpur, Rashra, Choidampur, Hatibandha, Berbari, Naikanbari, Ratanpur and Kanchanpur.
The villagers have expressed great resentment over the affairs of the public representatives in resolving the issues plaguing the villages.
According to reports, the connecting bamboo bridge has been the only mode of communication for commuters.
The villagers repeated pleas for a concrete bridge have fallen on deaf ears.
They have also been compelled to construct new makeshift bamboo bridges every year with their own savings.
During a recent visit to the area, this correspondent saw people using the 100-feet-long bamboo bridge to go to destinations including educational institutions and markets.
“We face trouble as we have to cross the bridge for movement, especially during the rainy season. We urged the concerned authorities on several occasions to set up a bridge but we are yet to get any response,” said Fazlur Rahman, chairman of Chakdah Bazar committee.
For the 1,00,000.-odd residents of nine villages in the area, life is a balancing act, literally. This is because the rickety-old makeshift bamboo bridge over the Bangshai River in the remote hamlet is their sole means of communication with the outside world, said Abbas Ali, a resident of Mirickpur village.
In fact, crossing the river has been a pain for the residents of villages for decades. For the past 50 years, they petitioned their local authorities for a concrete bridge only for it to go unheeded.
Residents say they have been facing immense suffering for want of a concrete bridge.
“I don't have the courage to cross the bamboo bridge alone after I fell from it one time," says Ayesha Akter, a 60-year-old resident.
The suffering becomes worse for farmers, as they have to cross the bridge with their goods to reach their destinations, said local UP member Jogon Begum.
Shakhipur upazila Assistant Engineer Farid Ahmed said a project named Tangail Project has been proposed to construct a bridge on the river.
Member of Parliament Joaherul Islam Joaher said a 150-feet long concrete bridge over the Bangshai River will be build soon.