The residents of Jugolika Hill and Puratanbasti, two separate islands in Rangamati district, have been suffering for five decades as there is no bridge over the Kaptai Lake.
But their long wait is going to end soon as the government is constructing a concrete bridge over the lake to ensure smooth communications with the two islands and other parts of the hill district.
The much-sought bridge is going to be opened to traffic in 2022.
Over 3,000 residents of the two islands at Reserve Bazar in Rangamati district have been using boats as their main mode of transportation in the Kaptai Lake as the local authorities were reluctant to take any initiative to construct a much-needed bridge.
But now the government is constructing a Y-shaped splendid concrete bridge spending Tk 17.5 crore which will not only connect the residents of the two islands but also add beauty to the popular tourist spot in the hill district.
All the preparations have been taken to inaugurate the bridge in June next, said officials.
They said the bridge is going to be a new attraction for tourists for its spectacular ‘Y’ shape.
According to them, the people of the area were rehabilitated in Jugolika Hill and Puratan Basti islands during the construction of the Kaptai Lake in 1960 without building any bridge for their smooth communication.
Bridges are immensely important as they facilitate the movement of people, enabling them to take their goods to local markets and send their kids to schools through safe crossing.
Following the demand of the residents of the two islands, Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs Minister Bir Bahadur Ushwe Sing submitted a proposal to the authorities concerned for building a concrete bridge.
On February 13, 2013, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina laid the foundation stone of the bridge, now a visible reality.