This bailey bridge near 31 BGB Battalion headquarters in Naikkhongchhari upazila under Bandarban district collapsed under the pressure of an overloaded truck on July 23, leaving road communication between Naikkhongchhari and Ramu upazilas snapped since then. PHOTO: STAR
Road communication between Naikkhongchhari and Ramu has remained snapped since July 23 as the authorities concerned are yet to repair the collapsed bailey bridge over a canal on the road.
The bridge near 31 BGB Battalion in Naikkhongchhari upazila collapsed in the afternoon of July 23 when an overloaded wood-laden truck was passing through it. At least eight people, including the driver and helper of the truck, were injured.
Lieutenant Colonel Azizul Islam of 31 BGB Battalion said the Roads and Highways Department should repair the collapsed bridge as soon as possible to restore road links between the upazila headquarters and the border areas.
Naikkhongchhari Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Shahedul Islam said people of both Naikkhongchhari and Ramu upazilas suffer a lot due to the disruption of road communication.
Local farmers said they are incurring huge losses as they cannot transport their vegetables to the upazilla markets. School going students also face immense trouble to reach their institutions.
Contacted, Executive Engineer Fazlul Haque of the Roads and Highways Department said repair work of the collapsed bridge will start immediately.