Awful Road: Commuters suffer | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, December 08, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, December 08, 2019

Awful Road: Commuters suffer

A major portion of 26-km-long road stretching from Betbunia Bazar to Kawkhali upazila lies in awful state for three years, causing immense sufferings to commuters of six villages in the upazila.

Especially school kids are the worst sufferers due to bad condition of the road.

Despite repeated pleas, the authorities are yet to take any steps to repair the road, said local people.

The villages include Betbunia Bazar, Mohajon Para, Kala Kaji, Chowdhury Para and Pochu Para.

About 14-km-long portion of the road was damaged badly due to heavy downpour three years ago and since then it has become almost unfit for traffic movement, said locals.

The road has numerous potholes and during monsoon season becomes too muddy, they said.

In 2004-05 fiscal year, Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) built the brick road funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB).  

During a recent visit, this correspondent found CNG-run auto-rickshaw and motorcycle plying the damaged road amid risk of accident.

Ushila Marma, a student of Betbunia High School, said every day he uses the road to go to school.

When it rains, the road becomes dangerously slippery, said the student, adding that sometimes they slipped off the road.  

Khoichabai Talukder, chairman of Betbunia Union Parishad (UP), said he has already informed the authorities concerned about the matter.

Contacted, Paritosh Chandra Roy, executive engineer of LGED in Kawkhali upazila, said they wrote to the higher authorities to renovate the road but to no respond yet.

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