Thousands of people of Raipasha-Karapur union in Sadar upazila have been suffering for decades as a two-kilometer-long muddy road could not be turned into a concrete one allegedly because the demand made so many times by the locals fell on deaf ears of the authorities.
Hundreds of local people in the union on Sunday last formed a human chain and held a rally at Dharmadi-Raipasha crossroad near the city to realise the demand.
People from all walks of life, including students, joined the programmes with Khadiza Begum, a UP member, in the chair.
Addressing the rally, the speakers said the 200-year-old road, stretching from Mollar Bazaar of Purba Dharmadi to Raipasha, remained muddy for long although it is very close to the Barisal City Corporation (BCC) area.
During the monsoon, the commuters have to use the road when it gets damaged at at least five points posing risk of accident, they said.
The road connecting the district headquarters and the city causes immense sufferings to thousands of locals of the area, especially school and college going students, due to its dilapidated condition, said Kabir Hossain, a resident of the union.
Every year during the floods, the road becomes unusable to pedestrians and movement of all modes of transports hampered as it goes under water, he said.
“My son Robiul Islam, a fifth grader, and many others were stopped going to school due to the bad road communication,” said Kabir.
Sumaiya Begum, a student of Class IV of the locality, said they carry two sets of dresses in fear of accident in the muddy road.
Despite repeated pleas, the ministry concerned is yet to take any steps to turn the road into a concrete one, said the speakers.
Among others, Nurul Amin, local UP chairman, and residents of the area Ansar Ali, Alam Molla, Ratan Molla, and Nuruzzaman, spoke.