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12:00 AM, April 29, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:15 AM, April 29, 2021

People suffer as bridge lies unrepaired for long

People of 36 villages under two unions in Kaliganj upazila have been suffering immensely since an important bridge over the Buribhairab river on Chowgachha-Barobazar road has been lying unrepaired for nearly two years.

Local people, especially vegetable growers and girl students, are the worst sufferers as they have the cross the area using an alternative makeshift bridge, which is also turned risky for lack of renovation.

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Farmers of the two unions, famous for producing quality vegetables, said due to the broken bridge they cannot take their produces to nearby Barobazar, largest vegetable market in the area.

Villagers said although the bridge has been lying broken for two years, the authorities concerned are yet to take any step to renovate or rebuild it.

As a result, farmers of 36 villages under Barobazar and Kashtobhanga unions in the upazila have walk three to four kilometres more to reach the nearby t vegetable market spending more time and money.

Farmer Gafur Ali of Fulbari village said cyclist, motorcyclists and pedestrians have to face serious difficulties while using the alternative makeshift bamboo bridge.

The authorities concerned should take immediate step to repair the bridge, he added.

Sohel Mahmud, a student at Barobazar Degree College, said they have to cross the ramshackle bamboo bridge risking their lives.

Kashtobhanga Union Parished (UP) Chairman Ayub Hossain said he is trying to get allocation of fund for repairing the bridge.

Kaliganj Upazila LGED Engineer Ruhul Amin said he was not aware of the broken bridge and he will take necessary step after visiting the spot soon.

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