These bridges include the 900-meter long Brahmaputra rail bridge
Lack of renovation, theft of metal clips, and age old sleepers have put three rail bridges at risk in Mymensingh, posing serious threats to trains as well as thousands of commuters, a correspondent reports.
These bridges include the 900-meter long Brahmaputra rail bridge. The two other rail bridges are Korerpar rail bridge, situated near the century-old Brahmaputra rail bridge, Shambhuganj railway station, and the Thakurkona rail bridge on Mymensingh-Mohanganj route on Kangsha river.
According to railway sources, several intercity trains including Mohua, Haor, and Mohanganj Express, as well as many local trains, ply through the rail bridges. The rail bridges become quite risky as they have not been renovated for many years. A large number of metal clips and bolts are missing, and wooden sleepers on the tracks are ramshackled.
Addicts are accused of regularly stealling metal clips from the tracks and selling them to buy drugs. Wishing anonymity, some locals said the sleepers on the bridge are ruined and the metal clips are being stolen regularly, but, the railway authorities don’t pay any heed to these problems.
Talking to this correspondent, authorities vowed to be vigilant to stop the thefts and to take actions to renovate the tracks on the rail bridges.
“Higher authorities have already inspected the faulty rail tracks and efforts are underway to solve the problems. We are working to ensure the safe journey of passengers," said Md Jahurul Islam, superintendent of Mymensingh railway station.
When contacted, Mymensingh Railway Assistant Executive Engineer Sukumar Biswas said: “There are no faulty rail bridges here, some sleepers have been eroded and metal clips have been stolen but all are fit for operating trains. We inspect them regularly.”
“We will take initiatives to renovate the wooden sleepers, which will begin once necessary funds are allotted,” he added.