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Road collapses 6 months into inauguration

  • Published at 05:25 pm July 16th, 2019
Map of Chandpur district Dhaka Tribune

Local chairman alleges that it collapsed because of using substandard materials

The approach road of a bridge has collapsed in Chandpur's Matlab North upazila just six and half months after it was opened. 

This has made quarters concerned question the road's quality.

A large portion of the road collapsed on the north side of the Matlab Bridge over the Dhonagoda River early Saturday and created a big hole.

Cracks have also developed on several spots of the road.

Executive Engineer of Chandpur Roads and Highways Department said the road caved in as recent heavy rain washed away the soil beneath it.

He also said they were working to quickly repair the collapsed portion of the road.

Meanwhile, Matlab North Upazila Parishad Chairman AHM Gias Uddin visited the road and claimed the approach road may have collapsed due to the use of substandard materials in the construction. 

The officials alleged that the road caved in due to incessant rains for the last few days that washed away the soil under it. 

The Matlab Bridge, measuring 304.51m in length and 10.25m in width has a 1.86km approach road on both sides. It was constructed at a cost of Tk87 crore and was opened to the public in January.

The bridge has facilitated the travel of thousands of people to Dhaka through Daudkandi, avoiding Comilla.

During a visit to the road, it was found that different types of vehicles were sitting on the bridge, running risks of accidents.

Many were also seen avoiding the bridge.

Rickshaw puller Mohammad Humayun said: “Accidents might happen anytime,” he observed.