Although it is one of the busiest roads in the district, the 39 km long road from Hazrat Khan Jahan Ali's shrine in Bagerhat via Chitalmari upazila to Patgati in Tungipara upazila of Gopalganj has been in deplorable condition for the last three years.
People of Chitalmari-Mollarhat and some places of Bagerhat Sadar upazila use this road to communicate with the district headquarters.
“Hundreds of potholes, stagnant water and mud in many places make vehicular movement on the road highly risky and time consuming, much to the suffering of the people of three upazilas,” said Asaduzzaman, a teacher of Mukkait area in Sadar upazila.
Huge numbers of trucks, buses, three-wheelers and vans carrying passengers and goods, especially crops and vegetables, use the road regularly, he added.
“It is the only road to go the district headquarters directly from Chitalmari. Bus owners are running their buses on this route with risk out of consideration for the commuters. If the road is not repaired quickly, it will become impossible to move on it,” said bus driver Sudhangsu Das.
“It is very difficult even to walk on the road. We are always worried that an accident will occur. Moreover, the road becomes dusty in the summer and muddy in the rainy season,” pedestrian Ruhul Sheikh said.
District Roads and Highways Department Executive Engineer Anisuzzaman Masud said work of upgrading the 39-kilometre road will be started soon under a project approved by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council.
“Meanwhile, tenders were invited, a contractor has been selected and work orders have been given. We expect to start the work within a month,” he added.