The road from Goran rail crossing to Bormi Bazaar had been in miserable condition for about two years. It turned a bone-cracking one as numerous chuckholes were developed and the bitumen carpet thinned to the brink of extinction.
As the bitumen carpeting of a 2 km stretch was done about eight months ago, the work was halted, leaving a loose layer of brick chips laid on the rest of the track exposed that created a riling impact on the daily life of the area.
Dust winding from the half-done surface of the road is not only shrouding the path, but also moving a distance away and griming the crop fields, leaves of trees and houses in red persistantly.
Sohrab Hossain, associate professor of Pear Ali College and a resident of Goran area, expressed his irritation over the red dust, saying “I leave the house in clean outfit, but before reaching my workstation it takes a dusty red coating. Even the housewives do not want to remain inside homes.”
Ashik, a university student hailing from the area, says the family has to clean up the dust off the furniture and curtains four times a day.
People are also suffering from prolonged cough and cold for the dust, he notes.
Jahangir Kabir, a teacher of Goran Madrasah, says the fruiting of his bean and long gourd had been very satisfactory, but the red grime on the fruit skin gives one a gritty felling to palate those.
Jackfruit trees, vegetable gardens, paddy fields – nothing has been spared, he exclaims.
Business establishments are also struggling to run normal business battling the dust.
Kazi Anwar Hossain, a business ower at Tanti Bazaar area, cannot but keep the shutters down, getting frustrated with the dust covering every corner of the shop every now and then.
In the beginning, the businessmen of the area decided to get rid of the dust on their own accord by spraying water on the road, but it was no match to the magnitude of the problem and the initiative was aborted.
Sujayet Hossain, an engineer of Shreepur LGED office, admitted that the inconvenience was created by the disruption in the road repair works.
“The method of the works had to be canged after brick chips were laid on the road. So the work order of the previous contractor has been canceled. The new planning and design has been worked out and it was sent to the LGRD and Cooperatives Ministry for approval two weeks earlier. The repair works will resume after the tender process,” explains the official.