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Century old DC Road in run down state for long

  • Published at 06:49 pm October 2nd, 2016
According to local sources, the road links Almasia, Jagirpara, Eidgah-Choufaldy, Kabi Nurul Huda, Eidgah-Eidgarh roads and these roads play an important role in running trade in the locality. The road has become unfit for vehicular movement, as big potholes have developed at several points. The road in many areas has become narrow as local influential groups as well as some government departments have built establishments beside the road. Union Parishad Chairman of Eidgah Jalalabad and the district unit Secretary of the Bangladesh Chhatra League Imrul Hasan Rashed said the century old road had a great role as it had links many areas of the district with district headquarters. Imrul said: “People from all walks of life should come forward to start a movement to repair the road as it had a great role to run the trade and business in the district.” Every year, the government get a good amount of revenue from Eigah Bazar, but traders of the market cannot do their business smoothly due to the dilapidated road. “I will sit with other representatives of upzila soon in this regard,” he added. Imrul also alleged that development work of Eidgah Bazar also remained dead lock due to negligence of the authority. But more than 0.4 millions people depend on the kitchen market for their livelyhood. Local sources said police station, UP complex, post office, livestock office, clinics, hospitals, public library, schools, colleges, mosques, madrasas, banks, temples and several business institutions had been built on the government land nearby the road, hampering smooth playing of the vehicles. People living in these areas have termed the road a death trap as it has not been repaired for long. They say they are forced to make risky journeys on the road every day. The condition of the road worsens during the rainy season when the potholes are filled with rainwater. At the time, a 20-minute journey on the road takes around two hours. Also, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles transporting goods often overturn because of the potholes. While visiting, the correspondent saw many small and big potholes developed on the road and bitumen was barely seen available on the busy road. A trucker named Mahabubur Rahman said: “The road is very important to go to other parts of the country. We have been compelled to use the road amid great danger.” A bus driver namely Shariful Islam said: “Let alone potholes, even we cannot properly see the vehicles come from opposite direction owing to the dense dust. The road costs around one hour to cross a distance of 20-minute. The road’s sorry state damage machinery and tyres of our vehicles and many people become victim of accident there as well.” Locals Parvej, Liakat, Shafiul Ala, Ali said asphalt and gravel started getting loose just some days after the end of the carpeting and since then its condition on the track of worsening in course of time. So, accidents became prevalent on the road. During plying, drivers struggle to keep control over steering. Some passengers said they used to face dense dust while travelling on the road. DC Ali Hossain said most of the roads in the district remained unfit for plying vehicles due to heavy rain and shower. Lieutenant Forkan Ahmed, chairman of the district development authorities, said the drive against illegal establishments would be started soon.
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