People of at least 15 villages in Mirzapur and adjacent Sakhipur upazila have been suffering for long for want of a bridge on the Bangshi river in Kodalia area.
Finding no other alternative, they have to cross the river by country boats amid risk.
Especially schoolchildren and patients are the worst sufferers due to the communication problem, said
The villages include Kodalia, Solimnagar, Bhorpara, Bandachala, Latifpur, Takia Kodma, Tarafpur and Chhit Mahmudpur.
At night, the villagers also face immense problem to cross the river due to shortage of boats, said Abdus Samad, a resident of Kodalia village.
Local farmers have to face immense problem to reach the markets of Sadar upazila headquarters with their agricultural products.
As there is no bridge at Kodalia, they have to cross a bridge in Chandpur and another bridge in Mirzapur, six to seven kilometers away from Kodalia area. They have to spend extra money for this.
Abdul Mannan of the same village urged the authorities concerned to build a bridge on the river immediately considering the owes of the local people.
Boatman Jatin Chandra said each passenger pays Tk 2 as fare while Tk 10 is given for a motorcycle.
Shahin Miah, driver of a hired motorcycle, said people’s sufferings will end if a bridge is constructed there.
Contacted, Mohammad Shamsuddin, a sub-assistant engineer of Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) in Mirzapur upazila, said they have already sent a proposal to the higher authorities for construction of a 300-meter-long bridge on the river at Kodalia.
Tender to construct the bridge will be floated after the approval of the proposal, he added.