Road communication between Shayestaganj and Chunarughat upazilas in Habiganj has remained suspended since yesterday morning after a Bailey bridge near Jilani Tea Garden collapsed in Chunarughat.
The risky bridge, which was already vulnerable due to movement of overloaded vehicles, over Chandicherra canal on Shahjibazar-Chandpur road collapsed when a sand-laden truck was crossing it around 9:00am, locals said.
Nipen Paul, member of Chunarughat Sadar Union Parishad (UP) and a resident of Chandpur Tea Garden area, said due to the collapse, traffic movements on the road remained suspended for the day and many vehicles remained stranded on either side of the bridge, causing immense sufferings to its users.
Meanwhile, the authorities concerned are yet to take steps to remove the broken truck from the spot and repair the bridge to restore road links, Nipen said.
Truck driver Mizan Mia of Habiganj town said they faced lots of trouble while crossing the bridge as it became very weak due to plying of overloaded vehicles.
“We are compelled to use the bridge violating the rule as it is the only alternative shortcut between Habiganj and Dhaka-Sylhet highway,” Mizan added.
Another trucker Mohibur Rahman said they have noticed the cautionary signboard, but they violate the order as they do not have any other option.
Sub-Assistant Engineer of Chunarughat Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) Anisur Rahman said the bridge caved in due to heavy pressure of a 10-wheeled overloaded truck filled with sand.
Although the authorities concerned hung a cautionary signboard beside the bridge, heavy vehicles kept using it, ignoring the warning, which eventually led to its collapse, the engineer said.
They will start the repair work of the collapsed bridge after removing the broken truck as soon as possible, he added.