One kilometer of Dhaka-Khulna highway stretching from Kharikhali bus stand to Bishoykhali Bazar under Sadar upazila has been damaged allegedly within a week of completion of its renovation work.
The Roads and Highways Department (R&H) recently repaired the road at a cost of Tk 14 lakh last month, said sources.
A week after completion of the renovation work, it became unfit for traffic and motor vehicles due to huge potholes and cracks, causing immense sufferings to the commuters, especially local school and college going students.
On June 2, R&H had floated tender to renovate the road using stone chips and bitumen coatings and contractor Matiar Rahman alias Runi got the tender with lowest cost of Tk 13.89 lakh.
As the contractor used sub standard materials, a number of potholes and cracks developed just a week after completion of the renovation work of the road, alleged locals.
The contractor completed the repair work at a cost of Tk 3 lakh, not at Tk 13.89 lakh, otherwise the road would not have damaged at such a short time, they apprehended.
Contacted, Runi claimed he ensured the construction work with 100 percent sincerity but could not explain the reason behind the early damage of the road.
Jhenaidah R&H executive engineer Rafiqul Islam said stern action would be taken against the contractor concerned if found responsible for the awful condition of the road.
We are investigating the matter, he said.