People of Bilaichhari Para and Jhogra villages under Rangamati municipality are suffering for want of a permanent bridge over a portion of the Kaptai Lake at Bilaichhari Para.
As a makeshift arrangement, villagers make a bamboo bridge at the spot every year as the area remains under water for around six months.
During a recent visit to the area, this correspondent saw people using the 100-foot-long bamboo bridge to go to destinations including educational institutions and markets.
“We face trouble as we have to cross the bridge for movement, especially during the rainy season. We urged the municipality authorities on several occasions to set up a bridge but we are yet to get any response,” said Jyoti Chakma, a local resident.
“Last year a few of my classmates were injured after falling down from the bamboo bridge,” said Sejuti Chakma, a fifth grader of Bilaichhari Para Government Primary School.
Dipu Shring Lepsa, headmaster (in charge) of the school, said, “Every year, locals build a bamboo bridge with their own cost. Children have to cross the bamboo structure amid risk for coming to school during the rainy season.”
Basuki Chakma, a local karbari (village headman), said during election campaigns candidates assure us of building a concrete bridge at the spot but public representatives forget the promise afterwards.
Contacted, Akbor Hossain Chowdhury, mayor of Rangamati municipality, said he will take steps regarding the matter soon.