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Tangail suffers over 266C worth of damage in road, bridge infrastructure

  • Published at 02:43 pm August 19th, 2020
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A bridge that collapsed due to severe flooding in Basalia under Sadar upazila of Tangail Dhaka Tribune

Basail, Kalihati, and Dhanbari upazilas have suffered the most damage to its roads, bridges, and culverts incurring a loss of over Tk120 crore

A significant number of roads, bridges, and culverts have suffered devastation from recent flash floods occurring in several waves in the central region of Tangail.

A total of 328 roads and 73 bridges and culverts have been damaged in 11 upazilas of the district incurring a loss of over Tk266 crore in road and bridge infrastructure, according to district Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) sources.

As a result, road communication has been either partially disrupted or completely severed, putting commuters in jeopardy as they have to choose alternate routes which take them longer to reach their destinations.

According to the district LGED Office, Basail, Kalihati, and Dhanbari upazilas have suffered the most damage to its roads, bridges, and culverts incurring a loss of over Tk120 crore.

In Basail, 159km of roads were damaged to the tune of Tk29.1 crore and seven bridges and culverts were damaged to the tune of Tk5.35 crore.

In Kalihati, 115km of roads were damaged to the tune of Tk37.73 crore and 125m of bridges and culverts were damaged to the tune of Tk9.91 crore. 

In Dhanbari, 82km of roads were damaged to the tune of Tk32.49 crore and 86m of bridges and culverts were damaged to the tune of Tk5.94 crore.

Azhar Miya, chairman of Mogra union parishad under Sadar upazila, said the road connecting to the bridge over the Lohajang River in Barabasalia village collapsed on July 27, disrupting road communication between Gala, Kuijbari, and Hatibari under Sadar upazila and Banshi and Elenga under Kalihati upazila. “Now residents from the affected regions have to take a longer detour to their destinations.” 

The union council chairman urged the authorities concerned to repair the approach road to the Lohajang Bridge as soon as possible to ease the sufferings of the people in his union.

Syed Kabiruzzaman, a member of Ward 3 of Gharinda union, said the river embankment dam in Naoga village collapsed on July 29, disrupting communication with Paikra and Balla unions under Kalihati upazila and Fulki and Kashil unions under Basail upazila. 

So, he also urged the authorities concerned for the swift reconstruction of the dam in Naoga and the restoration of communication woes.

Golam Azam, executive engineer of Tangail LGED, told the Dhaka Tribune that this year the district along with the whole country witnessed a case of prolonged floods. 

“Severe flooding has left a number of roads and bridges seriously damaged. A list of damaged roads, bridges and culverts under LGED jurisdiction has been sent to the headquarters for reconstruction approvals. Hopefully, communication will be restored soon after the construction of roads and bridges.”