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Bridge to nowhere

  • Published at 12:02 am August 8th, 2019
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PHOTO: DHAKA TRIBUNE

We simply cannot afford to let infrastructural projects drag their feet

The undertaking of infrastructural projects is one thing, successful completion is something else -- and Bangladesh usually falters when it comes to the latter.

It is unfortunate but not surprising, then, that the Sangu River Girder Bridge on the Raicha-Goaliakhola Road in Sadar upazila of Bandarban is not even halfway complete, while contractors are saying it will be finished by 2020 -- quite an unrealistic projection.

This LGED project with a budget of Tk12.7 crore languishing in the pipeline is representative of so much other work that remains in limbo, with construction partially done, people’s fates in the balance.

This particular bridge, for example, would have allowed 3,000 families to transport their agricultural season, and now those families are uncertain of when, if ever, they will be able to reap the benefits.

Sadly, it is an open secret that projects such as the construction of bridges, highways, or other infrastructure leave plenty of room for bureaucracy and corruption, so it no longer even raises eyebrows, with projects endlessly delayed with no clear explanation.

Negligence, incompetence, and sheer greed often play a role in the allocated money failing to go into the right place for the project. 

When it comes to mega-projects, right now, all eyes are on the metro rail project, which could ease congestion in the capital city and make Dhaka much more liveable; but the planned end date is nearing, and there are fears that this too, will get delayed.

Big or small, we simply cannot afford to let infrastructural projects drag their feet, because when it comes to meeting our goals instead of simply aspiring to them, speedy implementation is everything.