Around 300-metre of the same road was eroded by flood last year
As the water levels of Jamuna and Brahmaputra rivers continue to rise, erosion has started in Jamalpur’s Dewanganj upazila.
Around 200-metre of Dewanganj-Kholabari road in Mandalbazar area of the upazila has been washed away in the last 24 hours till Monday night, cutting off the communication between Dewanganj Sadar and at least 20 villages.
Confirming the matter, Md Mamtaz Uddin Ahmed, chairman of Chikajani Union of the upazila, said they have provided local people boats and light vehicles to cross the 200-metre, where the road has been washed away.
According to the locals, around 300-metre of the same road was eroded by flood last year and potholes were also created in several other parts, said a correspondent from Jamalpur.
However, hundreds of vehicles and thousands of people from 20 villages have no alternative, but to use the road, which has potholes at several points.
Though concerned authorities were requested to repair the road on several times, no effective measures have been taken as of now to prevent the erosion, the locals complained.
Last year, Water Development Board dropped synthetic and geo- bags filled with sand and built a guard wall with drums to prevent erosion of the 300-metre road temporarily. But as water level rose this year, another 200-metre of the road got washed away, the locals added.
Chikajani Union Chairman Mamtaz said: “I will again request the authorities concerned to take effective steps to prevent the erosion as soon as possible.”
Sayeduzzaman Sadiq, executive engineer of the Jamalpur District Local Government Rural Development Office, said that river erosion needs to be prevented before repairing the road. “Necessary steps will be taken in this regard in coordination with the Water Development Board.”
Abu Saeed, executive engineer of the district Water Development Board, said: "I just came to know about the matter. Necessary steps will be taken soon.”
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