Public sufferings mount as roads get damaged in Ctg

Dhaka,  Wed,  26 July 2017
Published : 20 Jun 2017, 00:23:28
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Public sufferings mount as roads get damaged in Ctg

Pankaj Dastider


CHITTAGONG, June 19: People's suffering during the month of Ramadan has mounted as city roads and many parts of inter-district roads of Chittagong with Cox's Bazar, Rangamati, Khagrachhari and Bandarban have been badly damaged with the recession of rainwater.

Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) and Roads and Highways Department (RHD) officials said they have already started carrying out repair work for completion before Eid-ul-Fitr, but intermittent rain is severely hampering the repair work.

Due to prolonged rainfall coupled with onrush of high tide, many parts of the roads in the Chittagong region went under water after the cyclonic storm Mora hit the region followed by landslides.

Road communication between Chittagong and Rangamati hill district remained snapped for the last one week. About 100 metres of the road have collapsed, causing immense sufferings to people.

Sources in the RHD here said the engineers of RHD Rangamati division along with the members of the Bangladesh Army are jointly repairing the damaged road which is expected to be completed before June 24.

However, the people of Chittagong and Rangamati are now travelling by launch from Reserve Bazar of Rangamati to Chittagong via Kaptai jetty ghat. The launch fare ranges between Tk 80 and Tk 100 a trip, a passenger said.

Repair work has also started in the dilapidated portions on the Chittagong-Cox's Bazar Highway and the Chittagong-Dhaka Highway up to Chittagong City Gate, said an engineer of RHD in Chittagong.

Executive Engineer of RHD in Chittagong Rashedul Alam said they have started repair work on both the highways as Eid-ul-Fitr is knocking at the door.

"The RHD head office in Dhaka has instructed us to complete the repair work before the Eid vacation for ensuring hassle-free journey for holidaymakers," he said.

They are doing the repair work on the Chittagong-Dhaka Highway only up to the City Gate because the highway beyond the City Gate is still under contractors of the four-lane project, he said, adding that the contractors will hand over the road to the RHD by next month.

He further informed that the roads of Khagrachhari and Bandarban hill districts are in good shape and need no repair at this stage.

The roads and lanes in the city have been badly damaged as bitumen and stone surfaced in most parts of the city roads.

Innumerable potholes have surfaced on Agrabad Access Road, Sheikh Mujib Road, Badamtala, Nimtala, Port Connecting Road, Feringee Bazar Mariners Road, Kapashgola, CDA Avenue, GEC, Nasirabad, WASA, Rail gate number 2, Muradpur, Bahaddarhat, Khaja Road, Khatunganj Road, Asadganj Chamra Gudam, Kalurghat Road, Kalurghat heavy industrial area road and Karnaphuli 3rd Bridge Road.

Vehicles plying the roads, especially battery-run rickshaws often meet with accidents as the roads have been badly damaged.

The volume of traffic on the roads has increased during the Eid shopping season. Road digging by Telecommunication Department, Power Development Board, Chittagong WASA and Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company has also added to woes of the city dwellers.   

People also suffer a lot due to traffic jam at every intersection of the city mainly because of the dilapidated road condition coupled with intermittent rain. The condition of the adjoining lanes and by-lanes is no better either.

Superintending Engineer of Chittagong City Corporation Md Rafiqul Islam said their regular repair work on different roads in the city is going on. "The CCC is facing work disruption in bitumen work due to rain," he added.

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