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Roads And Highways Department

Illegal stone crushers on govt land at Jaflong

More than 250 crushers around tourist spot Jaflong, some 55km north of Sylhet city, are crushing stones illegally occupying land belonging to Roads and Highways Department (RHD) and Bangladesh Forest Department.    Visiting the area earlier this month, this correspondent found many unauthorised crushers occupying land along the Sylhet-Tamabil highway. Most of the stone crushing machines were set up uprooting trees and removing vegetation on the land of RHD. The unauthorised crushers along with 300 authorised ones are contributing to air pollution...

Patuakhali-Kuakata

Ferry services disrupted due to tidal surge

Eid holidaymakers were stranded when services of all four ferries on the four rivers between Patuakhali and Kuakata were disrupted as gangways on the rivers went under water during a high tide. The four ferries are: Lubekhali Ferry on the Payra river, Kalapara Ferry on the Andharmanik river, Hajipur Ferry on the Sonatala river and Mohipur Ferry on the Shibbaria river. Gangways were under water from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Afterwards services returned to normal. Visiting Hajipur ferry ghat, The Daily Star found...

Battered Highways

Quick fix breeds graft

The communications ministry spends around Tk 1,000 crore a year on repair and maintenance of about 2,000-kilometre roads and highways to keep those fit for traffic. Part of the amount is paid out for repairing badly damaged roads and highways during the rainy season to lessen the suffering of passengers. This temporary measure, which has become a major source of corruption, has been around for years although it hardly improved the condition of roads, said ministry officials. Graft, they added, eats up...

Is Anybody Watching?

Delayed repair brings no hope

Delayed repair brings no hope

The Roads and Highways Department sat and watched for two months as heavy traffic moved through stagnant water on a kilometre stretch of Ashulia-DEPZ highway ruining the road surface. And now, they have started filling up the giant potholes with sand and brick chunks for a temporary fix ahead of the Eid rush. Several RHD...

Procurement reforms off to a good start

Procurement reforms supported by the World Bank have made an encouraging start as online bid invitations by government agencies went up by a staggering 571 times since its inception two years ago. The number of electronic bid invitations for public procurement grew to over 8,000 in May 2014 from only 14 in June 2012, the WB said in a statement yesterday.   Similarly, the number of registered bidders for the electronic government procurement (e-GP) grew by 30 times to 8,900 in...

Govt not paying Tk 280cr overdue for last 7yrs

Govt not paying Tk 280cr overdue for last 7yrs

The government has not paid the roads and highways contractors dues of Tk 280 crore accumulated over the last seven fiscal years, the victims alleged yesterday. They blamed the delay on the opposition of Roads Division Secretary MAN Siddique. They told The Daily Star that around Tk 180 crore had been overdue in the...

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