A threshing machine, paddy stalks and straw occupy a portion of Lalmonirhat-Hatibandha road at Boderhat in Hatibandha upazila under Lalmonirhat district, causing hindrance to vehicular movement and posing threat of accidents any time. PHOTO: STAR
Mindless use of the public roads for paddy processing during the ongoing harvesting season causes disturbance to vehicular movement in different areas of the district.
"I face problem to run my vehicle at around 25 places of Lalmonirhat-Burimari highway and Hatibandha-Lalmonirhat road as farmers process paddy there. The drivers have to remain super cautious and run the vehicles slowly to avoid accidents on the busy roads," said Haru Miah, a driver from Burimari land port.
Mahubar Hossain, a driver at Hatibandha upazila, said he faces untold problem while driving to Lalmonirhat town as farmers process paddy on Lalmonirhat-Hatibandha road.
“I have to lower the speed frequently when faced with paddy kept at different places on the route,” he said.
Dabiara Rahman, 50, a farmer at Boderhat village of Hatibandha upazila said, he and many other local farmers daily use the road for processing paddy during this harvesting season.
"Usually we do the work in the morning when there is not many heavy vehicles on the road,” he said.
"We have been using Lalmonirhat-Burimari highway for paddy processing for long as many farmers, especially the marginal ones, have hardly any space for the purpose,” said Shafiqul Islam of Kakina village in Kaliganj upazila.
Abul Kalam, general secretary of Lalmonirhat district transport workers union, said around 1200 vehicles including buses and trucks move on different roads, especially Lalmonirhat-Burimari highway, in Lalmonirhat district regularly.
Use of roads for paddy processing by farmers during the harvesting period causes serious problems for vehicular movement, he said.