THE communications minister asserts that 80 per cent of the highways are in good shape adding that media has published three-year old pictures in an apparent bid to underplay the progress in the road repair work. We find Mr. Quader's statement unfortunately lacking in depth. If he is so sure that the media is reusing old photographs, let him furnish these as proof of such misrepresentation. Then media will admit its mistake. This is the least we could expect from the communications minister.
Why blame others for the dilapidated condition of the highways? For as we have witnessed in the past the dynamic minister has often taken officials to task for their negligence. Why doesn't he put the R&H officials under the scanner? It has become a yearly ritual for the thousands who brave broken roads that turn dangerously unsafe at the slightest fall of rain. We are sure that the people would be most interested to know precisely how the ministry of communications intends to make Dhaka – Chittagong and Dhaka – Mymensingh highways roadworthy for heavy vehicles like inter-district buses when the rains have washed away most of the repair work undertaken thus far.
And why must repair work only become a priority just prior to festivals? What is required is for authorities to properly plan, make required financial allocations and conduct round the year maintenance of highways instead of resorting to ad-hoc, poor quality seasonal measures.