The newly constructed bridge over a canal at Jamalgar village in Sunamganj's Tahirpur upazila is lying unused for couple of months as it does not have approach roads on either side, causing immense suffering to people of nearby villages.
According to Tahirpur Upazila Project Implementation Office, the 40-foot-long and 12-foot-wide concrete bridge was constructed on Tahirpur-Badhaghat road in May this year at a cost of Tk 30 lakh and 90 thousand to improve communication facilities of the people of nearly 20 villages in the upazila.
Usually, people of several villages, including Badaghat, Gazipur and Jamalgar, use the route to go to the upazila headquarters, locals said.
They said the bamboo bridge over the canal was washed away nearly two years ago due to erosion and heavy tidal surges.
Tahirpur Union Parishad (UP) Chairman Md Borhan Uddin said thousands of people, especially students and elderly one, of the nearby villages have suffering a lot as the approach roads on either side of the bride have not been built even a couple of months after its construction.
Although, in the dry season people walk through the dried up canal, in the rainy season they have to depend on other inconvenient alternatives, the UP chairman said.
“I raised the issue at the monthly coordination meeting of the upazila administration on a couple of occasions, but to no avail," he added.
Headmaster of Gazipur Government Primary School Nihar Ranjan Das said a good number of students, mostly girls, of different schools and colleges in the area use the route to reach their institutions in dry season, while they have to walk additional two to three kilometres in the rainy season.
Tahirpur Upazila Parishad Chairman Kamruzzaman said he was aware of the issue and the upazila administration will take necessary steps to solve the problem soon.