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Much used road remains in utter neglect for long

Our Correspondent, Jhalakathi
 Goghata-Ashiar Thoulkhola Road in Jhalakathi Sadar upazila has remained in a sorry state for years. Around 30 small and large bridges on the road are in an awful condition, adding to  sufferings of several thousand people of 10 villages in the upazila. Photo: Star
Goghata-Ashiar Thoulkhola Road in Jhalakathi Sadar upazila has remained in a sorry state for years. Around 30 small and large bridges on the road are in an awful condition, adding to sufferings of several thousand people of 10 villages in the upazila. Photo: Star

The much used Goghata-Ashiar Thoulkhola road in Sadar upazila is in an awful condition for years, causing immense sufferings to several thousand people of ten villages.
In addition, around 30 small and large culverts (bridges) on the eight-kilometer road in Binoykathi and Nabogram unions add to the woe of the villagers as they are two or three feet higher than the road.
Due to excessive use, the road remains too muddy almost all the year.
Despite repeated pleas, the authorities are yet to take any steps to improve the condition of the lone road bringing relief to thousands, including school and college going students, said locals.
If approach roads of the bridges were constructed, a few vehicles could ply the road, said Hasan Ali, a nearby villager.
Cyclists cross the bridges often taking the vehicle on their shoulders while motorcyclists can not use it at all, he said.
“We can use the road in dry season but it becomes too hard to use it during the monsoon.” said Prova Sutar, headmaster of Baharmpur Primary School in Binoykathi  union.
Students of three primary schools, four high schools and two colleges always use the road. During the monsoon, the road becomes extensively muddy, refraining the students from attending their classes, said the headmaster.
Contacted, Md Phulkam Badshah Mia, senior assistant engineer of LGRD, Jhalakathi, said they already wrote to the higher authorities for fund but to no effect yet.
This road was built about 10 years ago across the paddy fields and LGRD built the culverts on it but people cannot use these at all, said Enamul Haque Alin Sarder, chairman of Binoykathi union parishad.

Published: 12:00 am Friday, December 27, 2013

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