Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said it will be difficult this time to ensure smooth journey for homebound people during Eid-ul-Azha as devastating floods and heavy rainfall battered many roads.
"Many roads and bridges damaged by the floods are yet to be reconstructed," he said after a meeting with his ministry's top officials at the Secretariat.
Citing his recent visit to Dinajpur to see the flood situation, the minister said he found the Dinajpur-Gobindaganj road washed away at 10 points at least. "In the northern region, 1-3km portions of roads went under water at 23 points at least, while roads were washed away completely at 18 of them," he said, reports UNB.
"It seems to be a big challenge to reconstruct the damaged roads and bridges before Eid. It might be possible to somehow make the roads fit for vehicular movement before Eid if the weather remains dry in the next few days. But, it won't be possible to repair them completely," he added.
The minister said further rain will put a big challenge to ensure safe and comfortable journeys of the holidaymakers.
Replying to a query about Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha's comments that the judiciary is having enough patience, Quader, also Awami League General Secretary, declined to make any comment, urging all to remain cool and speak with tolerance.
During hearing on finalisation of the code of conduct for the lower court judges in the morning, the Chief Justice said the judiciary is having enough patience.
Replying to another query, Quader said, "I just discussed with the Chief Justice Awami League's stance on the observations made in the Supreme Court's verdict upholding a High Court judgment that had declared illegal the 16th amendment to the Constitution. "This is not an offence," he said adding that discussion will continue.
He also said the ruling party has not exerted any pressure either on the Chief Justice or the President to this end. "Parliament has made them (Chief Justice and President). People form Parliament and AL is a party of people."