• Wednesday, Apr 14, 2021
  • Last Update : 04:17 am

Bailey bridge collapse: Army working to restore road link between Rangamati-Khagrachhari

  • Published at 07:55 pm January 23rd, 2021
Rangamati_Army-Bridge
The construction of a 140-ft-long bailey bridge and 240-meter approach road in progress to restore communications on the Rangamati-Khagrachhari road Dhaka Tribune

Built back in 1984, the Kutukchhari bailey bridge collapsed into the canal with a stone-laden truck killing three people on the spot on January 12

When the bailey bridge in Kutukchhari of Rangamati Sadar upazila collapsed last week, direct communication between Rangamati-Khagrachhari was suspended immediately. As a result, locals have been facing serious commute inconveniences regarding use of the Rangamati-Khagrachhari-Mahalchhari-Naniarchar road.

Built back in 1984, the Kutukchhari bailey bridge collapsed into the canal with a stone-laden truck, killing three people on the spot on January 12, according to the Rangamati Roads and Highways Department (RHD).

On a recent visit to Kutukchhari, this correspondent saw locals crossing the canal on a makeshift bamboo bridge to get to their destinations. 

Speaking to local residents, the correspondent also learned that the popular demand was for the collapsed bailey bridge to be replaced by a new concrete one.

In the meantime, to alleviate the plight of the common people, a regional Engineer Construction Battalion (ECB) of the Bangladesh Army has come forward. 

20 ECB under the 34 Engineer Construction Brigade has undertaken the construction of an alternative route to restore communications on the Rangamati-Khagrachhari road at the earliest. 

The Kutukchhari bailey bridge between Rangamati-Khagrachhari collapsed with a stone-laden truck killing three people on the spot on January 12, 2021 | Dhaka Tribune

Major SM Khaledul Islam, the project officer, said the Rangamati-Khagrachhari road link snapped when the 64-metre bailey bridge collapsed into the canal underneath. 

Since January 15, 20 ECB has been constructing a diversion road under the supervision of Rangamati RHD and 34 Engineer Construction Brigade.

“The construction of a 140-ft-long bailey bridge and 240-meter approach road is in progress to restore communications on the Rangamati-Khagrachhari road.

Meanwhile, Shahe Arefin, executive engineer of Rangamati RHD, said that the 64-metre bailey bridge was being renovated and communication on the Rangamati-Khagrachhari road could be restored within next week.

The official expressed his gratitude to 20 ECB for coming forward to build the alternative road.

Regarding the demand of the locals for a new bridge in Kutukchhari, the RHD official said that a project had been taken up to build an 81-metre RCC girder bridge in Kutukchhari.

He noted that a development project worth Tk1,308 crore had been taken up to replace 98 bailey bridges in three hilly districts and 20 bridges in Chittagong and Cox's Bazar.

56
Facebook 56
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail