More than three decades ago, a bridge over the Kulik River at Rautnagar caved in barely two weeks after inauguration, prolonging sufferings of the residents of 12 villages in Thakurgaon’s Ranishankoil upazila.
Water Development Board constructed the 150-meter concrete bridge spending Tk 20 lakh in 1986-87 fiscal year. But 12 days after its inauguration, both sides of the bridges were washed away in the devastating flood of 1987. Only 30-40 meter of the middle portion of the bridge stands today.
Since then, the local administration has not taken any initiative to repair it.
The residents of the villages, including Rasulpur, Brammapur, Chapor, Birashi, Baddakhand, Gogor, Ranibhabanipur, Lehemba and Kochol, have to travel extra 20 kilometres to go to Kathaldangi Bazar.
Farmers face problems while taking their goods to the local market using tractors and trolleys as they have to count extra money.
Locals said that no public representative took any initiative to repair the bridge for the last 25 years. They have only assured of repairing it.
However, locals made a bamboo bridge over the river which remains under water during monsoon. People also have to provide money for using the bamboo bridge as maintenance charge.
Mahbub Alam, chairman of Hosengaon Union, said he contacted many people for building another concrete bridge to mitigate the sufferings of the people.
Zahidur Rahman, parliamentary member of Thakurgaon-3 constituency, said he informed the matter to the office concerned and they have visited the spot.
Tarek Bin Islam, engineer of Ranishankoil upazila, said the construction of the bridge was included in the divisional development project but he had no idea when the work would start.