Worst landslide-hit Rangamati roadlink partially restored

Worst landslide-hit Rangamati roadlink partially restored

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Dhaka – The 70km Chittagong-Rangamati road link has been restored yesterday by connecting it a Sapchhari point, after nine days after the devastating landslides in Chittagong and the three hill districts of south-eastern Bangladesh.
With assistance from the Engineering Corps of the Bangladesh Army, the roads and highways department (RHD) has repaired the destroyed stretch of the 150 feets road at the Sapchhari point reopening the road communication between the port city of Chittagong and the hill district of Rangamati for small vehicles in the afternoon.Opening the road, secretary of the Road Transport and Highways Division MAN Siddique told reporters that the road communication has been opened for small vehicles and it would be repaired fully within a month to allow the heavy transport to ply.
General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Chittagong Division Major General Major General Md Jahangir Kabir Talukder said with opening the road within a short time they have been able to keep their words and achieve an impossible target.
The landslides caused us heavy damages but with restoration of the road it would reduce the miseries of people in travelling from Chittagong to Rangamati to some extent, he said.
He said the RHD and army would jointly take decision for sustainable development of roads.
Major Md Sahriar Iftekhar, psc, second in command of 19 Engineering Construction Battalion of Bangladesh Army, said about 500 workers including staffs of RHD are engaged for development of the road while 60 civil workers including army personnel are also working from morning to 10:00pm to turn suitable for heavy vehicles.
He said they constructed hill side drain so that water rolling down the hill could go away unobstructed.
“Besides, we used geo-textile sheets and sand bags to reinforce and repair the road and supported the road with wooden logs at vulnerable places to allow rain water to flow without any impediment so and it doesn’t wash away the soil,” he added.
The main road between the port city and hill district has been severely damaged due to June 13 landslides. About 150 feets road at Sapchhari has totally been washed away cutting the road link of the hill district for nine days.
On Saturday, the Army and the RHD partially restored the Chittagong-Rangamati road communication. The road links with Khagrachhari and Kaptai are yet to be restored.
Chief engineer of RHD Ibne Al Hasan, deputy commissioner Manzurul Mannan, Brigade Major Md Rakib, regional commander of 305 infantry division Golam Faruque, Major Syed Tanveer Saleh and Police Super Sayed Tariqul Hasan, among others, were present on the occasion. – Staff Reporter

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