Both sides of the road were dug up from Gollamari Memorial Monument to Zero Point right before work was suspended after two weeks due to the presence of soft soil beneath the road surface
The road expansion project recently undertaken on the Sher-e-Bangla Road in Khulna city has resumed after a brief period of communication impediments.
Both sides of the road were dug up from Gollamari Memorial Monument to Zero Point right before work was suspended after two weeks due to the presence of soft soil beneath the road surface.
The dug up Sher-e-Bangla Road became quite hazardous for both vehicles and pedestrians, with an accident just waiting to happen, say locals.
Ajmal Hossain, a resident of Khulna's Zero Point area, said: “Local commuters are suffering because of the ongoing road development work. But there is nothing to do but wait until the work is completed.”
Mozaffar Hossain, a resident of Khulna University area, said that work on the road had been halted for some time, as a result of which he had to manoeuvre around abandoned construction materials in his movements.
Ambia Khatun, a vegetable vendor at Gallamari Bazar, said: “It’s easy to get vegetables from Kaiya Bazar to Zero Point but from there it’s a hassle to get to Gallamari. This suffering will be alleviated when the road construction work is completed.”
The Khulna Roads and Highways Department (RHD) commenced the construction work on October 17 this year to upgrade the road to four lanes between Bangabandhu Chattar and Zero Point.
Anisuzzaman Masud, executive engineer of Khulna RHD, said: “The presence of soft soil found beneath the road surface required the use of a different cement type. So we halted the work and sent a proposal back to Dhaka seeking permission to change the cement.”
Anwar Parvez, an engineer of Khulna RHD, said: “We are considering some additional proposals from Khulna University and the Khulna City Corporation regarding footpaths, over-bridges and the sewage system. Other than that, the main road project is expected to be completed within the allotted time.”
He also said the power division had been asked to remove 300 electric poles standing on either side of the road. “Moreover, the Khulna City Corporation has been asked to help remove the illegal structures along the road from Bangabandhu Chattar to Gollamari.”
Mostafizur Rahman, supervising engineer, Khulna Power Division, said: “We are collaborating with the roads and highways department to remove the poles and install them somewhere suitable.”