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Century-old road remains neglected in Jessore

  • Published at 11:59 pm January 19th, 2020
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The century-old Samta-Naira Road in Jessore remains in an awful state Dhaka Tribune

Locals believe it is also a part of history as Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman came to Naira village using the road

The 100-year-old Samta-Naira Road in Jessore remains in an awful state due to negligence of the authorities concerned.

According to locals , the road is very important to them as it was made a 100 years ago connecting Ulashi union of Sharsha upazila and Shankarpur union of Jhikargacha upazila to run businesses.

Locals believe it is also a part of history as Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman came to Naira village using the road to join an election campaign in 195

This road was made of dirt and unpaved when Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman came to the village

There was a bamboo footbridge near Deulia area on the road during his visit that was replaced with a steel bridge, but the road remains in the same condition.

Residents of Naira village have to endure immense hassle as no cars can access the muddy road.

Naira village resident Khandakar Jalal Uddin said: “Everyone wants this road, filled with Bangabandhu’s memory, to become a car-accessible road. We have already talked to the Union Parishad members and chairman several times on this issue. But we can’t see any progress.”

Bangabandhu came to Naira on a cow-drawn carriage in 1954 from Sharsha upazila to join the election campaign of Jukto Front. He was invited there by his colleague and comrade Khandakar Bazlur Rahman.

Khandakar Bazlur Rahman’s grandsons, Khondokar Jillur Rahman and Khandakar Mohibur Rahman Payel said: “People still use the muddy road that Bangabandhu used. We want this road to be carpeted.”

“We also want the road to be named after our grandfather Khandakar Bazlur Rahman,” they added.

Shankarpur Union’s Ward no 4’s four times elected member Hasmat Ali said: “We want this neglected area, filled with Bangabandhu’s memory, to be developed. Former MP Rafikul Islam built a memorial plaque there, but there should be something more which can help future generations know the history.”

Local Government Engineering Department’s (LGED) Jhikargacha upazila Engineer Shyamol Kumar Basu said Samta-Naira road is in the list of roads to be carpeted in that area. But he couldn’t confirm when the construction work will begin.

Jessore-2 constituency’s former MP Monirul Islam said: “Bakra-Bagachra bypass road to Naira village was reconstructed two times during my time as an upazila chairman and MP. I also enlisted 147 roads in Chaugachha and Jhikargacha area under the Development Project Proposal (DPP) including the Samta-Naira road. The tender on that project is being processed and the construction works on Samta-Naira road will begin very soon.”