Two bridges on Patuakhali- Kuakata road await opening | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, January 28, 2016 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, January 28, 2016

Two bridges on Patuakhali- Kuakata road await opening

One month into completion, Shaheed Sheikh Kamal Bridge and Shaheed Sheikh Jamal Bridge on Patuakhali-Kuakata road are yet to be opened for vehicular movement.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina set up founding stones of the two bridges and Shaheed Sheikh Russel Bridge across three rivers on 72-km-long Patuakhali-Kuakata road on February 25 in 2012, said sources of Patuakhali Roads and Highways Department (RHD).

The three bridges are named after Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's three sons, also brothers of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The PM formally opened the 408.36-metre-long and 10.25-metre-wide Shaheed Sheikh Russel Bridge on the Shibbaria River at Mohipur point on Patuakhali-Kuakata road on August 20 last year.

Construction works of the 482.37-metre-long and 10.25-metre-wide Shaheed Sheikh Jamal Bridge on the Sonatala River at Hazipur point and 891.76-metre-long and 10.25-metre-wide Shaheed Sheikh Kamal Bridge on the Andharmanik River near Kalapara upazila town were completed in December but they are till to be opened.

"We urge the government to take steps to open the two bridges soon as it is the peak tourism season in the area," Abdul Motaleb Howlader, secretary of hotel-motel owners association in Kuakata, a picturesque tourist spot.

Tourism as well as economic activities will see a boost when the two bridges are opened for vehicular movement, said Md Shafiqur Rahman Chan Mia, president of Kuakata hotel-motel owners association, also former president of Patuakhali Chamber of Commerce and Industries.

Md Jahirul Islam, executive engineer of Patuakhali RHD, said, "We have already sent letter to the higher authority concerned to take steps to open the bridges."

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