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Nor’wester wrecks havoc on Gopalganj highway

  • Published at 10:32 pm June 9th, 2019
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Recent nor’wester storm has created potholes on Gopalganj-Kotalipara-Poisharhat highway in Gopalganj Dhaka Tribune

Gopalganj Road and Highway Department authorities, in an attempt to remedy the situation, have been using bags of sand and dirt to fill the potholes

The continuous seasonal rain and storm has hit Gopalganj district hard, and damaged a substantial portion of the Gopalganj-Kotalipara-Poisharhat Highway. 

The nor’wester storm has created multiple potholes on different parts of the highway, exponentially increasing the possibilities of road collision, as highway vehicles tend to maintain high speeds. 

As a result, during Eid-ul-Fitr holidays, holidaymakers and home goers faced difficulties commuting back and forth from their desired destination.  

Locals said, potholes began to appear after a heavy rainfall. The highway might soon become overly damaged and go beyond a quick repair, which will disconnect Kotalipara upazila from rest of the country.

Gopalganj Road and Highway Department (GRHD) authorities, in an attempt to remedy the situation, have been using bags of sand and dirt to fill the potholes.

They also remarked that the highway will soon be out of order, and permanently cripple all traffic movement if it continues to fall apart at this rate.

According to the authorities, the 36 kilometres long highway was inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2013. 

This year, Tk26 crore was used to repair the road which resulted in no good outcome, this is very similar to the repair works in previous years.

Truck driver Shomsher Sheikh said: “It’s scary to drive on this road in Tarashi area, looks dangerous!”

GRHD Executive Engineer KM Shariful Alam said: “The portion of the highway in Tarashi area has sustained heavy damage because of rain, but the damages in other portions of the road are not that serious.

“As the soils in the area are prone to collapse, the road frequently damages because of rain.

“We called for slab protection tender for the repair works, by which we hope the road can be protected from damage due to rainfall.”