Potholes, cracks and craters in the roads, caused by the heavy rainfall over the past few days, are causing immense suffering for Chittagong city's commuters.
Sabina Yasmin, a resident of the port city’s Borpole area said, “The roads in my locality are filled with puddles and potholes. It is very risky, especially at night, because you cannot see the potholes. I already had two minor accidents due to these puddles.”
She added that the rundown state of the roads was also prompting CNG-run auto-rickshaw drivers to avoid trips to and from her locality, making it very hard for her to maintain her office timings.
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The roads are filled with puddles and potholes which is very risky, especially at night, as people often cannot see the damage Rabin Chowdhury/Dhaka Tribune
The port city has experienced moderate to heavy rainfall over the last few days and the resultant water-logging has left most of the important roads unfit for vehicular movement.
Salamat Ullah, one of the CNG drivers, said: “The roads are taking a heavy toll on the auto-rickshaws. We have to go to the workshops every now and then to fix problems arising from the water-logging and terrible state of the roads.”
Just like Sabina and Salamat, thousands of commuters are suffering because of the dilapidated state of the roads.
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Auto-rickshaws need to go to the workshops every now and then to fix problems arising from the water-logging and terrible state of the roads Rabin Choudhury/Dhaka Tribune
The shopping rush ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr and the ongoing construction of a flyover by Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) have only made it worse.
When contacted, Chief Engineer Lt Col Mohiuddin Ahmed of Chittagong City Corporation, which was entrusted with the maintenance of the 927km of road that falls within its purview, swiftly promised overhauls.
“I have already seen the sorry state of the roads. Five teams have been assigned to do repair work. We are also appointing contractors for the major repairs needed. The rundown roads will get a facelift within a fortnight,” said Mohiuddin.