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22 September, 2019 00:00 00 AM

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Sad state of city roads

Sad state of city roads

The Khulna bypass–a stretch of abouth three and a half kilometres-- has become a nightmare for the commuters because of lack of maintenance. The condition has become much serious and potential of accidents make it highly vulnerable.

The road also causes severe damage to the running vehicles. It is a right of the citizens to have better roads for their vehicles. The whole transport system is badly affected due to the poor conditions of the road. The authorities concerned are requested to please take necessary action in this regard.

The present situation has really become painful and distressing for the citizens.We understand that making the roads and flyovers 100 per cent pothole-free is next to impossible. We have observed that there have been no complaints about roads and bridges built under the supervision of military personnel. We are not saying that the majority of civilian authorities are either incompetent or dishonest. However you can’t blame people who reach that conclusion.        

Many roads and flyovers throughout the country have become dotted with big or small potholes. Unfortunately in most cases the authorities have gone for temporary stop-gap solutions– bringing in a truckload of bitumen-mixed gravel at night, pour the mixture into the holes and run a heavy roller.

Naturally rain and traffic combine to open up the holes again.  A newly carpeted city road can very rarely endure the onslaught of more than one rainy season mainly because of poor quality of work. Graft and highhandedness by the vested interests are to blame for it. The drainage system built along most city streets unscientifically, in most cases, cannot flush out rain waters.

Potholes teamed with the steep rise or descent of flyovers and connecting roads make for potentially fatal combination for commuters. Moderate to heavy rains invariably cause water-logging in many city streets and the potholes can’t be seen. This has resulted in many accidents. So the dangerous stretches of potholes spread across the city are not only unsafe for the motorists but the pedestrians as well.

We urge the authorities concerned to find out reasons behind the roads and flyovers developing potholes and take action accordingly. One of the reasons potholes were surfacing because of the work undertaken for laying pipeline, drainage and other utility services. Only proper inter-departmental co-ordination can lead to a solution in this case.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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