The drums to build the bridge have already been procured and the process to buy other materials is underway
The residents of Lata union of Paikgaccha upazila in Khulna have long been suffering in the absence of a bridge on the Nara River.
They finally took matters into their own hands and started making a bridge with their own funds to ease communication between Lata and Deluti unions.
Locals said Alokdwip High School Headmaster, Ranjit Kumar Roy, and assistant teacher, Sukriti Mohon Sarkar, took the initiative to build the floating bridge near the school using plastic drums.
Later, other teachers of the school and villagers came forward and joined hands to make the initiative a success.
Sukriti Mohon said the width of the river is 150 feet and already a 50 foot embankment has been built on each side of the river, while the drums will be set up to build the bridge, said Sukriti. "The length of the bridge will be 100 feet and the width four feet," he added.
The drums to build the bridge have already been procured and the process to buy other materials, including iron plates, is underway, he said.
"The bridge will cost Tk2.7 lakh. The headmaster and I have already spent Tk1 lakh. The rest of the funds will be collected from local public representatives, former students of the school, and villagers," Sukriti said.
Once the bridge is opened, the movement of about 20,000 residents of the two unions of the upazila will become much easier.
"More importantly, school students will be able to easily cross the river during the monsoon," he added.