Local people of Basail and Sakhipur upazila have been facing immense difficulties for years
A rickety bridge made of bamboo is the only means of crossing the Bongshai River on foot between Basail and Sakhipur upazila in Tangail.
Both upazilas are in the same constituency (Tangail 8) with the river flowing between the areas. The bamboo bridge gets submerged during the monsoon, leaving thousands without an option to cross the river, except by boat.
Local villagers have been facing immense difficulties over the situation for years.
Speaking to Dhaka Tribune, local resident Karim Mia said: “Years have passed, people keep making empty promises. They keep telling us, if elected as lawmaker, they will build a bridge. Three MPs have served their tenure, but we are yet to get a proper bridge.
“We have a new MP (Joaherul Islam) now. Let us see if he keeps his promise to us.”
Several local people told this correspondent that thousands of people from 15 villages under the two adjacent upazilas cross the river using the bamboo bridge and boats every day. Crossing the river is especially difficult for patients and school children.
Rakhia Islam Nur, a second grader studying in a school near Sunnah Bazar, said: “I am afraid whenever I have to cross the bamboo bridge. My mother comes with me to help me cross it, when the water is high.”
Newly elected Basail Upazila Parishad Chairman Kazi Olid Islam said: “We have noticed the public outcry for a proper bridge on the Bongshai river. An initiative will be taken to build a bridge as soon as possible.”
Meanwhile, Tangail-8 MP Joaherul Islam said: “There are plans to build a bridge on the Bongshai river. We are optimistic that an initiative will be taken in the next fiscal year.”