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People suffer for years in Dinajpur due to collapsed bridge

  • Published at 12:48 pm February 21st, 2021
The bridge on the Bhelamoti River in Chirirbandar of Dinajpur collapsed in 1989 Dhaka Tribune

Schoolchildren and patients, especially, are the worst sufferers due to the communication problem

Thousands of people of 25 villages in Chirirbandar of Dinajpur have been badly suffering since the concrete bridge over the Bhelamoti River collapsed in 1989.

The villages include Gobindhapur, Biswanathpur, Doapur, Tulshipur, Punti, Mathurapur, Koronji, Pathaikuri, Kaliganj, Bhabanipur, Keshobpur, Sindura, and Hororandopur. 

Schoolchildren and patients, especially, are the worst sufferers due to the communication problem, said the villagers.

Local farmers have to face immense problems to reach the markets of Sadar upazila headquarters with their agricultural products.

Thousands of people, including students, of the villages have been going through immense trouble, as they are being compelled to commute through the shaky bridge connected by bamboo for many years.

Locals urged the authorities concerned to rebuild the bridge on an emergency basis otherwise it will seriously hamper livelihood of the villagers.

The bridge was built in 1962. It broke down into the river in 1989 due to heavy floods. 

Sahabuddin, a farmer of Sindura, said road communication with upazila headquarters has been snapped due to the collapsed bridge.

Local UP Chairman Lokman Hakim alleged the bridge collapsed as it was constructed with low-grade materials.

He wrote letters to the authorities concerned for constructing a bridge there to mitigate the peoples' sufferings, but it all went unheeded, the UP member added.

Apart from the adults, a large number of children and students from 20 schools and 7 madrasa also use the bridge with great difficulties, he also said.

Abdul Jalil, a local school teacher, said many students-- particularly the female ones -- do not want to cross the river in fear of falling down.

Locals said people of the villages use the bridge every day to go to the union parishad office and upazila headquarters. 

Villagers alleged that candidates of different political parties during their election campaign assured locals that a bridge would be constructed across the canal, but they forgot their promises after the polls.

Several times, they went to the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) and upazila parishad and submitted applications seeking construction of a concrete bridge over the canal but to no effect as yet, they also lamented.

Chirirbandar Upazila Project Implementation Officer Monwarul Islam said they have already sent a proposal to the higher authorities for construction of the bridge.

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