September 20, 2021, 1:09 am
Abu Saeed, Sreepur (Gazipur): Once upon a time there was a paved road, now it is dirt. As it has not been repaired for the last one and a half years, the one-time paved road has now turned into a dirt road. The road has become a dirt road with the pitch up. Now there is no way to understand that there was a paved road here at one time. The current situation is so bad that even pedestrians and cows and goats are not able to travel on foot.
Sreepur Municipality’s Kewa-Tepirbari, Secretary Gate-Aspada Junction, 2nd CNDB-Channapara and other important roads have become impassable. Most roads have no access to foot during the rainy season. The misery of the people is increasing as they have not been repaired for a long time and the mills have been left untouched for months.
About two kilometers of road from Kewa Bazar to Tepirbari is under the control of Sreepur Municipality. These roads have not been repaired for the last eight years. The road is getting narrower due to unplanned construction of houses by occupying sidewalks on both sides of the road. As there is no drainage system, the water used by the houses is stagnant on the road. Five thousand people used to travel on this road every day. Due to the stalemate, the movement of people on this important road has been stopped.
Although the road is important for the locals to travel to Sreepur Municipality Office and Upazila Sadar, it is not important to build this road under Sreepur Municipality. The muddy road has been lying like this for a year and a half but the municipal authorities have not taken any initiative to repair it.
Mamtaz Uddin and Shafiqul Islam Fakir, residents of Gilarchala village, said they had to walk 3 km to reach the Upazila Sadar for only 1.5 km of road. Successful use of high quality paved roads on both sides for one and a half kilometers of unsuitable roads is not being ensured.
Helal Uddin, a local paddle-powered rickshaw driver, said it was difficult to drive a rickshaw even if it was a dirt road. However, due to the accumulation of mud in the 1.5 km section of the road, heavy vehicles, vans and rickshaws are no longer able to cross the road on foot. There is no way to understand by looking at the road. There was a paved road here at one time.
Approximately 1.5 km road from Kewa Secretary Gate of Sreepur Municipality to Aspada Junction of Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway. The road was still in operation about a year and a half ago. Since the installation of water flow pipes under the road, vehicles have been moving far away and now there is no opportunity for people to walk.
Imran Hossain, a confectionery trader at the Aspada junction of the road, said it was not possible to earn even Rs 5,000 a month. There is no buying and selling on this road as the traffic is closed. Those who used to rent houses around the road have also moved elsewhere. The business has been multiplying losses for the last one and a half years. He said it was the road of heroic freedom fighter Alhaj Harish Uddin Ahmed. Even two years ago, people used to walk on the road with difficulty. However, in the last one year, the movement has become completely unsuitable.
Naeem Hossain, a small trader on the road, said 5,000 people used to walk on the road every day. Due to the stalemate, the movement of people on this important road has been stopped. When it rains, water enters the shop. The road and the floor of the shop have become equal. If a person enters this road by mistake, he crosses over the shop. And if people don’t move, trade stops. They have been having a hard time for the last few years.
Fakhrul Islam, a local resident, said it was one of the main roads for residents of the area to travel to Sreepur Municipality. However, the successful use of good roads on both sides for the unsuitable part of one and a half kilometers is not being ensured. Since the installation of water pipes under this road about a year and a half ago, the traffic has become unusable. There are at least 6 industrial establishments and garment factories around the road. Apart from the locals, the workers and employees of these industrial establishments and garment factories have to suffer.
Sreepur Municipality Executive Engineer Tabibur Rahman said tenders for three roads have already been issued for development work. Multiple road repairs will begin within the next month. Renovation work of the road from Secretary Gate to Aspada Junction will also be a part of this.
Sreepur Municipality Mayor Anisur Rahman said the development work during the Coronation period was stagnant. Most recently, the renovation work has started at a rapid pace. The remaining works will be completed in the current financial year.