September 20, 2021, 2:12 am

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There is a bridge in Mithapukur, there is no road

Amirul Kabir Suzan, Mithapukur (Rangpur): A bridge has been constructed at Khayabatpur village in Mirzapur union of Rangpur’s Mithapukur upazila at a cost of around Tk 29 lakh. But as there is no road on either side of the bridge, the locals are using ladders on the bridge. The bridge will be visible while passing through Mithapukur-Bairatihat road of the upazila. Hajera-Razzak Government Primary School is about 1 km west of Bairatihat. The bridge has been built 100 yards north of the school. However, as there are no roads on either side of the bridge, it is of no use.

It can be seen at first hand that a bridge has been constructed at Khaybatpur village of the upazila. But there is no way to recognize the road on either side of the bridge. Chikan Isle (Chikan Road) by the side of agricultural land. Somehow people are moving along that isle (smooth road). There are houses and ponds on the north side of the bridge. There are many questions in the minds of the people about how the road will be connected.

Many, including local resident Afsar Ali, said roads needed to be built on both sides of the bridge. Due to the lack of roads, the students of the school and the villagers have to go through extreme misery. Otherwise the bridge will be of no use.

According to the Upazila Project Implementation Officer’s Office, the bridge was constructed at a cost of Taka 29 lakh at Khaybatpur village in Mirzapur union of Mithapukur upazila in the fiscal year 2019-20 with the funding of the Disaster Management Department. However, by cutting the soil on both sides of the bridge and making the road visible, the bridge is of no use in terms of travel.

Mirzapur Union Chairman Abdur Rauf Mia said a bridge had been built at the site during the current government. Road construction work will be done if government allocation is available for road construction.

Project Implementation Officer Moshfiqur Rahman said the bridge was recently constructed at a cost of around Tk 29 lakh with the funding of the Disaster Management Department. It was not possible to fill both sides of the bridge due to lack of soil. However, in the interest of the people, the work of filling the soil in that place will be done soon. The official declined to comment on the road.

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