Massive potholes riddle these sections that restrict smooth commuting experience and generally pose hazardous threats
A 1.5km portion of the Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway that stretches from Rajendrapur to Mirzapur and the 3km stretch of the Masterbari-Mirzapur road from Sagor Market to Mirzapur Bazar in Gazipur are considered very dangerous to traverse on because of their dilapidated conditions.
The dilapidated portions of the road and highway now contain no trace of asphalt although both were paved with asphalt during first construction.
Instead, massive potholes riddle these sections that restrict smooth commuting experience and generally pose hazardous threats.
Shafiqul Islam, a battery-powered autorickshaw driver on the Rajendrapur-Mirzapur road, said the road is unsafe for the commute from Membarbari to Battala junction. "My autorickshaw overturns with passengers onboard more than once a week because of the potholes.
Saying that there is no alternative road to the Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway, Nazmul Hasan, a covered van driver, said his covered van carrying heavy factory machinery often gets stuck in the potholes and causes long-term traffic jams.
Md Kawsar, owner of a confectionery shop at Battala, said he has been in business for eight years there. “I get very few customers because their vehicles tend to get stuck in potholes in front of my shop.”
Moktar Hossain, a textile worker of Noman Terry Towel Mills Limited, said the 3km road from Sagar Market to Mirzapur Bazar on the Masterbari-Mirzapur road becomes completely waterlogged and muddy during the rainy season. There is no way to cross this road on foot.”
Ahmed Ali, another textile worker, said he has to pay extra fares every day and still arrive late to work as the roads are bad.
Speaking on the issue, Abdul Barek, executive engineer, Local Government Engineering Department, said the dilapidated parts on the Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway and Masterbari-Mirzapur road have not been like this for seven years.
“Both the road and highway were repaired three years ago but the problem began soon after the city corporation began their construction work on the drainage system that now run-up to the Turag River.
“The matter has been presented before the district development coordination committee meeting, where it was decided that the city corporation will take responsibility for the repair project.”
Contacted, Hasibul Islam, executive engineer, Gazipur City Corporation (Zone 5), said: “Even though the roads are out of the city corporation jurisdiction, as the roads have been damaged due to one of our construction project, the authority will take responsibility.
“As soon as the construction project is completed, the repair works on the affected roads will begin.”