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12:00 AM, June 07, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:12 AM, June 07, 2020

Road damaged days after construction

A one kilometer road stretching from Gourangi Uttar Para to Akashi School in Ghatail upazila has been badly damaged due to rain within days of completion of its construction work.

It became unfit for traffic and motor vehicles due to a number of potholes and cracks, causing immense sufferings to the commuters, said locals.

They have mainly blamed low quality construction work for such damage caused by light rain.

In 2018-19 fiscal year, Tk 94.94 lakh was allocated for construction of the road, according to Local Government and Engineering Department (LGED) in Ghatail.

Construction firm Shova Enterprise got the work order while Louhajang Enterprise implemented the work.

The construction of the road was completed around late April, said villagers.

Around 20 days after completion of the construction work, a number of potholes and cracks have developed at different points of the road due to rain, said Masud Miah, a resident of Akashi village.

Khasru Talukder, former member of the local union parishad, said although the road got damaged due to rain, the low quality of construction work was the main reason behind the damage. 

Kazi Arzu, vice chairman of Ghatail upazila parishad, said being informed, he recently visited the area and found potholes and cracks at different points of the road.

Despite repeated attempts, this correspondent could not reach any representative of the construction firm for their comment on the issue.

However, quoting the contractor, an official of local LGED said untimely heavy rain was the main reason behind damage of the road. 

Ashraf Uddin, Ghatail upazila assistant engineer of LGED, said the construction work is yet to be completed. Some damaged parts of the road need renovation. Necessary steps will be taken in this regard immediately. 

Meanwhile, local people have submitted a written complaint to the upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) demanding reconstruction of the road.

UNO Anjan Kumar Sarkar said he has already informed the deputy commissioner (DC) in Tangail about the matter.

"The DC has directed us not to release bills of the works until completion of the renovation work of the damaged parts of the road," he added.

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