Stories of irregularities are unfortunately commonplace when it comes to projects in Bangladesh
As news emerges that the widening project recently undertaken on the Ramu-Maricha road in Cox’s Bazar has been drawing allegations of irregularities from concerned locals, it is imperative that their concerns are heard and that a thorough investigation is carried out to get to the bottom of the issue.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges undertook the project worth Tk266 crore to upgrade and widen the 16km-long road to 36ft from the existing 9ft width -- such a significant project with a significant budget deserves proper monitoring, and what is further reason for concern is that the project has already seen delays and halts after field inspections.
What is required now is to verify what the locals are saying. If anyone is found guilty of these irregularities, they must be brought to book, and the message must be sent that such actions will not be tolerated.
Stories of irregularities are unfortunately commonplace when it comes to projects in Bangladesh. It is an extremely sad reality that often enough, it is almost expected that there will be some level of corruption associated with projects. It goes without saying just how much damage this does to the country, economically and financially.
However, this apathy and acceptance of corruption must be eradicated from Bangladesh. The government has made tackling corruption a top priority, and everyone needs to play their part in ensuring that unscrupulous individuals who want to pocket tax-payer money, money which is allocated for the improvement of public infrastructure, have no place in our society.