Despite years of protests and pleas, no progress has been seen
The lives of hundreds of thousands of people in a dozen villages in Narsingdi are jeopardized due to lack of access to bridges.
The Arial Kha River flows through the Raipura and Shibpur upazilas, with the villages of Noyachar, Sheikher Char, Joshor, Makhalla, Kamalpur, Jankhartek, Letabo, Dakkhin Kamalpur, Kajiara, Srirampur, and Baghab flanking its shores. The lack of a bridge in the vicinity forces the hundreds of thousands of villagers to perilously use makeshift bamboo bridges or small boats to cross the river.
Despite years of protests and pleas, no progress has been seen. Over 3,000 people dread their daily crossing, while the number multiplies on the three weekly days of the local haat at Radhaganj.
The crossing puts people and goods at risk. The boat crossing costs people Tk10 for each trip. Locals, tired with their frustrations, have persisted in their demands.
Schoolchildren are also at risk.
Several locals alleged that due to the difficulty in transporting goods, they have to take their produce to other haats, which raise their expenses and reduce their profits.
When contacted, Raihan Siddique, executive engineer of Narsingdi LGRD, said the authorities were considering five bridges in the district, with only one proposal on the table.