The sorry state of a road in front of the Shahjalal International Airport, the country's prime airport. The repairs that had been done did not stick for even 15 days. The photo was taken two days ago. Photo: Star
On arriving at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Thursday morning, Ismail Siraj could not wait any longer to get to his home.
But the Bangladeshi expatriate to Bahrain had to wait longer since his relatives' vehicle got delayed in the pothole-riddled lane in front of the airport customs office. They came all the way to the airport to receive him.
The roads and lanes in front of and adjacent to the country's main airport have been in a dilapidated state for quite some time now. A good number of craters filled with rain water and broken asphalt lay yawning.
The lane in front of the airport customs office that lead up to the Airport road has developed numerous potholes recently. Private cars and other vehicles that carry import and export goods to and from the airport often get stuck there, said Lal Hossain, a pick-up van driver of the area.
Authorities concerned repaired the lane a month ago, but it started getting damaged just after 15 days of the repair work, he added.
Mohammad Alim, a taxi driver, said there are some pot holes just at the entrance of the terminal and the condition of the entrance at terminal 1 is even worse.
He said the authorities did some repair works on the potholes around one week back but it got damaged again right after the work.
Another taxi driver Nazrul Islam said they had laid some brick chunks on the potholes near terminal 2 a few days back as a temporary measure to improve the road condition.
Babul Miyan, who was waiting for his family members to come to the airport from Manikganj, said the sorry state of the road inside airport area gives bad a impression to the visiting foreigners.
The authorities should give proper attention to the matter, he added.
Vehicles regularly get stuck on potholes near the Abul Hossain restaurant, said Altaf Chowdhury, an Ansar personnel of the area.
Recalling one such incident on Wednesday, he said, a wheel of a truck got stuck at one of the potholes at 8:00am and it took around two hours to get it out.
He said many foreigners use the road to go to HSIA CATC Zam-a mosque and get a bad impression about our country.
An official of Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) said they carry out emergency maintenance work of the roads on a regular basis.
When told about craters on the road he said they would repair those by Friday, adding that a maintenance fund for emergency works is available.