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12:00 AM, August 30, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, August 30, 2019

People suffer as bridge lies broken for two years

Kurigram municipality authorities built the bridge in 2014-2015 fiscal year

Around 20 thousand people of Kurigram municipality and Panchgachhi union under Kurigram Sadar upazila are suffering as Hanagar Bridge at Ward No 6 of the municipality broke two years ago.

The municipality authorities built the 20-metre-long bridge over a canal linking the Dharla river in 2014-2015 fiscal year but its deck along with the link road at the east side collapsed during the floods in August, 2017.

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Locals made bamboo-made structures for crossing the bridge on foot but it was risky.

Two months ago, a wooden platform was constructed to facilitate movement of pedestrians and light vehicles like bicycles, rickshaws and motorcycles with the financial help of one Abu Sufian Pavel of the municipality, locals said.    

“Earlier we appealed to the municipality mayor for reconstructing the broken bridge but there is no positive response,” said Mosarraf Hossain, a local resident.

Jamshed Ali, the ward commissioner concerned, said, “A proposal for reconstructing the Hanagar Bridge will be placed in the upcoming development committee meeting of the municipality. I hope special allocation will be made for the work and it will be completed this year.”

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