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Thousands in Brahmanbaria dependent on tottering bridge

  • Published at 10:25 am October 16th, 2021
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Undated photo shows a rickety wooden bridge used by thousands in Brahmanbaria on a daily basis UNB

The rickety bridge is held up by tree trunk pillars

Each day more than 10,000 people in Brahmanbaria Sadar's North and South Poirtola use a tottering wooden bridge to move around.

For over three years the Poirtola villagers have been using the wooden bridge as a shortcut to the bypass road.

The narrow wooden bridge is held on tree trunk pillars. As a result, no vehicle can pass over this rickety bridge, which is adjacent to the South Poirtola graveyard on the Town Khal (canal).

People of the area for a long time have been demanding for a paved cement-and-concrete bridge.

This wooden bridge is connected to the city bypass road from Hazrat Sheikh Jalal shrine gate.

According to locals, they face heavy traffic if they use Gokorno road to get to the bypass. So, the villagers are more comfortable using the wooden path than the street.

Before the bridge was built the villages used boats to reach the bypass to avoid extra traffic and save time.

About three years ago, the Al Noor Peyara Jame Mosque authorities built the 100 feet long and 6 feet wide wooden bridge for devotees to get to the mosque.

Now people from all walks of life, including market-, school- and office-goers, use this wooden bridge.  

North Poirtola resident Abu Taher Miah said the people of the area have to face traffic jams and accidents on Gokorno road. Moreover, the condition of the road is also bad. People are able to move safely through the wooden bridge inside and out of the village.

Poirtola Ward No 10 Awami League General Secretary Shahnawaz Miah said: "If a paved bridge is constructed over the canal, we will benefit a lot."

Former Upazila chairman Sayed Emranur Reza said if the road is paved and there is a permanent bridge over the canal, there will be no misery.

Brahmanbaria 3 lawmaker RAM Obaidul Muktadir Chowdhury has promised to build a permanent paved bridge over the canal.

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