As the Kalurghat bridge over the Karnaphuli undergoes renovation and is closed to traffic, ferry services have been introduced to transport vehicles across the river.
But the Bailey bridge, which connects the pontoon with the shore, goes under water during high tide. Automobiles often are damaged while crossing the waist-deep pool before getting on a ferry, not to speak of the public sufferings that are there.
More alarmingly, the spot poses a risk of drowning because somebody may slip into the deeper part of the river.
Passengers say the Bailey bridge should have been higher above the ground.
According to an estimate, at least 2,500 vehicles and five trains used to cross the bridge every day.
The photos were shot around noon yesterday. Photo: Anurup Kanti Das