Villagers of Taraganj UZ suffer in absence of permanent bridge over Jomuneshwari river

Dhaka,  Mon,  21 August 2017
Published : 05 Aug 2017, 22:04:27
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Villagers of Taraganj UZ suffer in absence of permanent bridge over Jomuneshwari river

Our Correspondent            

RANGPUR, Aug 05: People of different villages under Taraganj upazila in Rangpur district have long been suffering due to lack of a permanent bridge over the river Jomuneshwari in Chakla Ghat area of Kursha union under the upazila.

People of some 15 villages including Joybangla, Kabirajpara, Hajipara, Kuthirpara, Sarkerpara, Baniapara and Jummapara are facing trouble in absence of a concrete bridge.

Around 20,000 people of the villages are being compelled to cross a bamboo-made bridge during dry season while they have to depend on small boats amid serious risk during rainy season.

Business and public health services are seriously being hampered in the areas as the people living on both sides of the river cannot travel easily between the upazila headquarters in absence of a bridge over the river.

The school-going children face great difficulties in reaching their institutions. Many of them do not go to school in rainy season for fear of accidents. But no step has been taken so far to build a concrete bridge over the river, locals alleged.

Farmers of the areas are the worst sufferers as they are facing setback to carry their products to different areas.

Sabu Mia, a farmer of Baniapara village in the upazila told The Financial Express that they are often deprived of fair prices of their produce which they cannot carry to the upazila headquarters on account of absence of a concrete bridge over the river.

Ainul, a rice trader of Hajipara village said they can hardly make any profit as they have to spend extra money as carrying cost. At the time of election campaigns the local political leaders make repeated pledges to build a bridge over the river but they become oblivious about it once elected public representative, he also said.

Chairman of Kursha Union Parishad  Afzal Haq said, they are  trying their level best to erect a permanent bridge over the  river in area  to ease public sufferings.

A permanent bridge is much needed in the area to bring significant change in the socio-economic condition of thousands of people under the upazila, he added.

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