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Nation’s highest road hit by landslide

  • Published at 09:47 am July 6th, 2017
  • Last updated at 09:50 am July 6th, 2017
Nation’s highest road hit by landslide
Excessive monsoon rainfall has caused landslide at different points of Bandarban’s Thanchi-Alikadam Road, the highest road of the country which is 2,500 feet above from sea level. Road communication has been cut off following the landslide at four points within the distance of 12km along the road on Wednesday. The 33-kilometre long road was safeguarded with retaining walls at different points after its inauguration in 2015 but those walls too fell down the earth and created large potholes on the street. Local resident Shubho Ranjan Barua told the Dhaka Tribune that the potholes were so big that there was no way to move along. The road was damaged so badly that some local residents predicted that it would take at least a month to completely repair the road. [caption id="attachment_72921" align="aligncenter" width="512"]4 The 33-kilometre long road was safeguarded with retaining walls at different points after its inauguration in 2015 Dhaka Tribune[/caption] Only small vehicles like motorcycles and tourist-carrying cars commonly known “Chander Gari” were allowed to ply on the 18-feet wide road since its inauguration as the road has been very risky for the movement of heavy vehicles. Alikadam UNO Md Nairuzzaman told the Dhaka Tribune that the road communication through the Thanchi-Alikadam road had been shut following the landslide on Wednesday. “We cannot confirm when it will resume,” he added Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the Thanchi-Alikadam Road on July 14, 2015. According to sources, Roads and Highways Department started the construction work of the road in 1991 with a cost of Tk80 crore. Only 4 kilometres work of 33 Kilometres long road was completed within 2001. Later, the construction work was handed over to Engineers Construction Battalion of Bangladesh Army. They started work at full speed but it stopped in 2006 due to fund crisis. In 2010, the army started the work again with a cost of Tk120 crore. The road had reduced the distance from Bandarban to Cox’s Bazar by around 40 kilometres.
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