A culvert at West Golabari, three kilometres from Khagrachhari-Rangamati road in Khagrachhari town is lying virtually useless since its construction in 2012 as suitable approach roads have not been made for vehicular movement. Meanwhile, the structure has slightly subsided.
The culvert was made with fund from the Ministry of Relief and Disaster Management to facilitate communication between Khagrachhari Sadar to Khedapara, which is situated at the foot of Alutila Hill, said Gyana Ranjan Tripura, chairman of Golabari Union Parishad.
“There was a plan to widen the earthen road on either side of the culvert but it was not done. The road, broken at places, remains unfit for vehicular movement,” he said.
As per government circular, project implementation officer (PIO) of the upazila supervises the planning and construction of such culverts in rural areas.
“Fourteen families living in Khedachara Para use the rural road. But the culvert didn’t come to any use for them as vehicles could not be run there even for a single day,” said Asim Kumar Tripura, 35, a resident of West Golabari.
Kazi Masudur Rahman, PIO of Khagrachhari Sadar upazila, said, “After receiving information, I visited the culvert at West Golabari. The culvert looks like others of the kind, which were funded by the Ministry of Relief and Disaster Management. But I did not find any documents at the office regarding the culvert.”
Initiative will be taken to renovate the culvert and make the road usable for vehicles, he added.