On a visit there, this correspondent found that most villagers have to cross an extra six kilometres to reach their destination, which they wouldn’t have to, if the bridge was usable
A broken bridge in Langur Par of Jirtali village in Kamolganj upazila, Moulvibazar, is causing commuting problems for some 15,000 villagers of 20 villages.
Sources said the 150 foot bridge was built over the Jirtali canal in Ward No-3 of Madhabpur union in 2008. Two years later, an approach road connecting the bridge broke down on one side due to floods and has been unusable ever since.
Villagers say they have been suffering immensely for nine years due to the bridge being unusable. Farmers in the villages are the worst sufferers as they have to bear extra cost to transport their goods.
On a visit there, this correspondent found that most villagers have to cross an extra six kilometres to reach their destination, which they wouldn’t have to, if the bridge was usable.
Khokon Mia, Rajib Malakar, and a few other villagers, complained that although they have informed the Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) about the condition of the bridge, nothing has been done.
Locals said sand lifters in the area are discouraged to take lease of the canal, for sand trading across the upazila.
Union Parishad member Motahir Ali said: "The UNO and the upazila engineer were informed multiple times of the matter to no avail."
Local Government Engineering Department Sub-Assistant Engineer Mamun Ahmad said: "I recently visited the spot. A letter will be sent to the higher authorities notifying them of the problem soon."
Kamolganj UNO Md Ashekul Haque said: "The concerned authorities have been informed so that the bridge is fixed as soon as possible."