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Unified dream of thousands made into reality

  • Published at 03:22 pm January 9th, 2021
tita floating bridge faridpur
The 60-ton iron frame sits on top of 852 plastic barrels and the floating structure is connected to concrete bases on either side of the riverbanks Dhaka Tribune

Every morning and evening, visitors from in and around the district flock to the bridge to enjoy the natural scenic beauty on top of the finely crafted structure

Tita Floating Bridge—the third of its kind in Bangladesh—is the realization of a unified dream of 12,000 people of six unions under Alfadanga upazila in Faridpur. 

The 850m-long and 12ft-wide floating bridge over the Madhumati River was built under the initiative of local villagers to alleviate commute hassles of locals from Tita, Tita Panail, Panail, Shikarpur, Ikrail and Kumurtia villages of the upazila. 

The bridge was inaugurated on March 26, 2020—right at the time when the covid-19 lockdown was imposed. As the restriction eased, the bridge started becoming a popular recreational spot for nature lovers. Every morning and evening, visitors from in and around the district flock to the bridge to enjoy the natural scenic beauty on top of the finely crafted structure.

The visitors expressed their desire for this place to become a tourist spot with the availability of necessary infrastructure and facilities including picnic spots and restaurants in the vicinity.

Rajib and Shiuli, a newlywed couple from Faridpur city, said that the view is so beautiful and captivating.

Parvez Islam Chanchal, an honour’s student of Rajendra College, who was visiting from Boalmari upazila, said: “Some of my friends live in Alfadanga and I came to see the floating bridge at their request. I came here and saw that hundreds of people are enjoying the bridge and its view.”

Locals said around 12,000 people from Tita, Tita Panail, Panail, Shikarpur, Ikrail and Kumurtia villages of the upazila used to cross the river by boat. This was a major inconvenience to everyday commuters and traders transporting goods. Moreover, students faced difficulties getting to schools on time. 

So, the people of Tita, Tita Panail, Panail, Shikarpur, Ikrail and Kumurtia villages wrote to authorities concerned to build a bridge over the Madhumati to ease their sufferings. 

But as their repeated requests kept falling on deaf ears, they decided to build a floating bridge with the initiative of the chairman of the Tagarbanda union.

Chairman of Tagarbanda union Imam Hasan Shipon said: “The union has important infrastructures including a college, two high schools, four primary schools, community clinics and post offices. So, a lot of people need to pass through here. 

“As we never heard from the authorities concerned, we decided to construct the floating bridge, with a four-ton capacity, at the Tita Kheyaghat area. Today we are very happy to cross the bridge of our dreams.”

Faridpur Deputy Commissioner Atul Sarkar said: “The people of Tagarbanda union have proved that where there’s a will there’s a way. The floating bridge built over the Madhumati River at the initiative of the villagers deserves highest of praises.”