Emran Hossain Emon, OnushondhanNews:
The road in Dhunat Upazila of Bogra has not been repaired for many years and now it has become a death trap.
There is no such thing as street carpeting. The loss of bricks is no longer found. The whole paved road seems to be out of the ground. The muddy road with big holes and rain seems to have become a death trap now. As the road has not been repaired for almost a decade, millions of people in about 25 villages have to risk their lives. Such a picture is on a paved road of about three and a half kilometers from Paikpara in Kazipur Upazila of Siraganj to Dighalkandi in Dhunat Upazila of Bogra.
According to the investigation, Dhunat LGED took the initiative to pave this road for the first time in 2010 after the Awami League government came to power. But later the Sirajganj Roads and Highways Department (RHD) started the work by demarcating the road from Paikpara in Kazipur to Vanudanga Bazar under their supervision. But the construction work of the road stopped till Dighalkandi of Dhunat Upazila.
Mojibar and Akimuddin of Dighalkandi village in Dhunat said that more than one lakh people from around 25 villages including Choukibari, Dighalkandi, Batikabari, Gopalnagar, and Mysura of Dhunat Upazila use this road. The Sirajganj RHD has constructed the road even though the people of Bogra district use the road. But they have never repaired the road since it was built. As a result, the carpeting and bricks of the entire road have been uprooted and broken in different places, making the movement of vehicles unsuitable.
Fazr Ali, a businessman from Choukibari village, said that even if the van-bikes were moving on this road, heavy vehicles could not move on it. As a result, people in remote rural areas are being deprived of civic services, including transportation of agricultural products.
Golam Hossain Sarkar, chairman of Gopalnagar Union Parishad, said the road between Dhunat Upazila Sadar and Gopalnagar Union has been in a state of disrepair for a long time. The reconstruction of the road will ensure civic service to the people of South Dhunat.
In this regard, Dhunat Upazila Engineering Officer Zahurul Islam said, although the road is under Dhunat Upazila, LGED can’t repair the road by allocating it as it was constructed by Sirajganj RHD.
Bogra-5 (Sherpur-Dhunat) constituency MP Alhaj Habibur Rahman said the tender was issued to widen the road from 12 feet to 16 feet. The concerned department is being contacted to start work quickly.