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12:00 AM, March 30, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, March 30, 2018

Risky bridges lie unrepaired

A large number of commuters in different districts are suffering as a few damaged bridges are lying without repair.

A part of the Nolka Bridge near Bangabandhu Multi-purpose Bridge got damaged last week, causing suspension of movement of heavy vehicles there, reports our Pabna correspondent.

“After knowing about the damage of the Nolka Bridge on Friday night, we asked the drivers of heavy vehicles, especially loaded trucks, to use the roads through Sirajganj town to reach Bangabandhu Bridge,” said Rafikul Islam Bhuiya, officer-in-charge of Banagabandhu Bridge West Zone Police Station.

The area sees huge traffic jam as other vehicles including passenger buses have to move very slowly on the Bangabandhu Bridge link road, he said.

“The bridge turned risky as heavy vehicles including loaded trucks started using the bridge after opening of Bangabandhu Bridge in 1998,” he said.

Some 500 to 600 vehicles move on this road in each hour every day because it serves as the most convenient link of Dhaka with 24 districts after opening of bridge over the Jamuna, he added.

Md Ahad Ullah, executive engineer of Sirajganj Roads and Highways Department, said, “A portion of the bridge got damaged due to displacement of earth from the basement of a pillar. We have set sandbags for its protection. Bridge experts visited the spot and repair work is likely to resume soon.”

Our Lalmonirhat Correspondent reports: A bridge over the Ratnai river on Lalmonirhat-Mogholhat road in Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila's Durakuti area faces the risk of collapse as three of its four girders are vulnerable.

“For the last ten years, four local farmers have continued farming on around 15 bighas of land in the riverbed after earth-filling it. It has turned the main water course of the Ratnai river into a zigzag channel, affecting the bridge's three girders,” said Akkel Ali, 43, a farmer at Durakuti village.

Atiar Rahman, 56, a businessman at Mogholhat Bazar in Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila, said, they have to transport goods on light vehicles as the bridge over the Ratnai river is not usable for loaded trucks.

Executive Engineer of Roads and Highways Department (RHD) in Lalmonirhat Ali Noorayen said, “A design of a new bridge over the Ratnai river on Lalmonirhat-Mogholhat road was sent to the higher authorities for approval two months ago. After its approval, we will make an estimate to float tender for work.”

“I will inform the local administration for taking step to free the riverbed from grabbers to minimize the risk to the bridge,” he said.

Meanwhile, around two thousand people of three villages are suffering as the bamboo bridge over Kalikura canal is lying unused after its approach was damaged during last year's flood at Kalikura village of Chalbala union in Kaliganj upazila.

Local Government Engineering Department's Kaliganj Upazila Engineer Parvez Newaz Khan said the approach road of the bamboo bridge will be repaired before the rainy season if fund is allocated.

Our Pirojpur Correspondent reports: A concrete bridge on Kawkhali-Swarupkathi road over Napitkhali canal in Jalabari union of Nesarabad upazila under the district has become risky for vehicles.

The RHD has set two signboards on both sides of the bridge, prohibiting movement of heavy vehicles as parts of the bridge broke and subsided two years ago.

Every day around 20 buses and over 200 of different small sized vehicles cross the road, said Bellal Hossain, a local.

“We cross Napitkhali Bridge amid anxiety as it is very weak and shaky,” said Alamgir Hossain, a driver of a bus plying the route.

Hamidur Rahman, sub-assistant engineer of Pirojpur RHD office, said

they will repair the Napitkhali Bridge within a short time.

Another small bridge on the same road has also become risky.

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