Almost 1 lakh people risk rickety bamboo bridges in Gaibandha daily

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Staff Reporter:

Thousands of people have been crossing four feeble and broken bamboo bridges risking their lives in Saghata and Phulchhari upazilas of the district since two years.

These people, including students and children, of different areas in those upazilas have to face great difficulty to cross the feeble and broken bridges every day with their agriculture produce or carrying critical patients.

Talking to UNB, Akbar Hossain, chairman of Kanchipara union parishad, said the local administration decided to go for temporary bamboo bridges after the collapse of concrete bridges in devastating floods that hit around two years ago.

But now the condition of the four bamboo bridges has become alarmingly poor and broken in many places. The villagers said schoolgoing children in particular are frightened to cross the bridges every day.

Around one lakh people use the bridges every day to reach the district town, added Habibur Rahman, chairman of Phulchhari upazila parishad.

Abdur Rahman Sheikh, executive engineer of Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), admitted that the condition of those bamboo bridges is indeed so weak that it is worryingly feeble and already at some points some new bamboo logs had been tied to support the structures.

Nevertheless accidents are unpredictable. Accident can occur anytime. In the meantime, a man was killed as he fell from one of the feeble bridges while crossing it – rendered a challenge by the poor condition of its surface.

For this reason, we have started the renovation work of those bridges and the work would be completed within the next year, the engineer added.unb

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