Medical &Health

Bridge turns into death trap in Khulna

A concrete bridge over the Kuchia River , the only means for several thousand villagers in Paikgachha upazila of Khulna district, has become a death trap as it has been lying unrepaired for a long time.

As there is no alternative, the villagers are being forced to use the shaky bridge every day risking their lives.

According to locals, the bridge was built about 35 years ago by then UP Chairman Abdul Majed Sana to facilitate the movement of the residents of some remote areas including Tengramari, North Kainmukhi, South Kainmukhi and Digha on the banks of Kuchia River in Soladana union of the upazila.

Cracks have developed on the poles of the bridge and its railing broke down earlier, posing serious risk to commuters and causing sufferings to local residents.

Many of the local residents fear that the bridge might collapse any time.

Kishore Mondol, a resident of North Kainmukhi village, said, “Soladana union is surrounded by many small rivers and canals. There is water around us as far as we can see. The bridge is their only means for transportation.”

Digha’s Kallol Mandal said that the dilapidated bridge in the only mode to reach schools, colleges and the upazila headquarters, he added.

Bijan Mandal of South Kainmukhi said that they have to pay extra charge for carrying goods as the movement of goods-laden vehicles on the bridge is very risky.

SM Enamul Haque, former chairman of Soladana union parishad said when he was chairman he sent a proposal for constructing a new bridge in place of the old one and sent it to the office of the Upazila Executive Engineer which has not been approved yet.

Abdul Mannan Gazi, incumbent chairman of the union said thousands of people of four villages use the bridge every day.

“The risky bridge should be announced abandoned and a new one should be built. I will raise the issue in the next upazila monthly development meeting,” he added.

Paikgachha Upazila LGED Engineer Hafizur Rahman said that although former chairman SM Enamul Haque raised the issue in the upazila coordination meeting several times it was not possible to renovate the bridge or construct a new one due to sufficient fundse.

A new bridge will be constructed soon on priority basis considering the current condition of the bridge, he said.

Source: United News of Bangladesh