KURIGRAM: Although one year has elapsed since the destruction of 50 bridges and culverts by the devastating flood that hit the district twice, no initiative has been taken yet to repair those, reports UNB.
Finding no other means, the affected people have constructed bamboo bridges through voluntary services to ease their movement. Lakhs of people are now using these shaky bridges every day, leading to accidents regularly. This has also affected the local working class economically.
The riverine district of Kurigram has about 16 big and small rivers, including the Brahmaputra, Teesta, Dharla, Dudhkumar, Sonabhori, Jinjiram and Shialdaha. Besides, there are numerous water bodies and canals.
Over 50 bridges and culverts built over these rivers and canals became unfit for use after they were damaged by the flood that hit the district in August last year.
Although people can somehow cross over the bamboo bridges on foot, vehicles cannot pass through, inflicting sufferings on elderly people, patients and students. Besides, traders cannot transport their produce.
Musabbar Ali Musa, Chairman of Naodanga union parishad in Fulbari upazila, said, steps have been taken on a priority basis to reconstruct the bridges considering people’s sufferings. “It’s now at the implementation stage,” he said.