People of nearly 200 families living in five villages under Char Jhaukanda union in Charbhadrasan upazila have been suffering immensely for years for want of a concrete bridge over a local canal.
At present, inhabitant of of Munshi Dangi, Laskar Dangi, Alimirar village, Charkalanpur and Char Gopalgpur villages use the 50-foot temporary bamboo bridge over the canal to go to their destinations including the upazila headquarters.
The condition of the bamboo bridge, that connects Hasan Fakir Boat Ghat, is so shabby that it might broke down anytime, locals said.
They have no alternative but to cross the shabby bridge risking their lives as it the only shortcut way to reach the important places in the upazila as well as several other neighbouring villages.
During the rainy season locals cross the canal on small boats, but they suffers lot during the dry season and students, elderly patients and local farmers, who had to carry their goods to different markets, are the words sufferer.
Villagers said they make the bamboo bridge at their own initiatives spending Tk 15000 every year to facilitate thousands of commuters.
Mahabubur Rahman, head teacher of Charkalanpur Government Primary School, said at least 70 students of his institution cross the bamboo bridge daily to attend their school.
Farmer Halim Chowdhury, 59, of Char Gopalpur village, said many farmers, who carries their different agro-products, face troubles every time they cross the canal using the shabby bridge.
Char Jhaukanda Union Parishad (UP) Chairman Farad Hossain Mridah said they have appealed to Charbhadrasan Upazila Local Government Engineering Department to build a concrete bridge in place of the existing bamboo bridge several times but to no heed.