POST TIME: 11 September, 2019 08:44:56 PM
Villagers build bamboo bridge over muddy road

Villagers build bamboo bridge over muddy road

Irate villagers have built a bamboo bridge over the muddy road at Kalapara after their repeated pleas to the local administration to build a paved road proved futile.

People from five villages in the area, including students, are now using the bamboo-bridge to negotiate the dirt track.

Locals said the road in Mussuliabad village in the Latachapali union of Kalapara upazila was built with the funding of NGO Care. But over the last five years, its condition deteriorated due to the indifference of the local administration. It is the only road for people in the five villages.

Local students face unspeakable ordeal because of the appalling condition of the road.

As the road lay in ruins for a long time, villagers had planted paddy seeds on the road to protest against the administration’s indifference.

In monsoon, almost half a kilometre stretch of the road was filled with mud and slush. This prompted villagers to build a small bridge made of bamboo to avoid the mud and slush.

Salauddin, a first-year Alim student of Mussuliabad Islamia Fazil Madrasa, said: “We face extreme difficulties due to the poor road condition throughout the year. Monsoon adds to our agony.”

Jannati, a Class V student of Mussuliabad Government Primary School, said: “We often suffer injuries as we stumble and fall with our school bags.”

Habib Howlader, an elderly person of Panjupara village, said: “The road was built many years ago. It has become dilapidated as the administration didn’t bother to repair it. We’ve been suffering a lot.”

Saidur Rahman, lecturer at Mussuliabad Islamia Fazil Madrasa, said: “Owing to poor road conditions, students often become victims of accidents. Besides, attendance of students during the rainy season is very low because of the bad road.”

Ansar Uddin Molla, chairman of Latchaapali Union Parishad, said: “We have written to the local lawmaker and urged him to build a new road.”

Abdul Mannan, Kalapara LGED engineer, said: “The project regarding the road construction has been prepared. It will be implemented soon.”