Narsingdi, July 30 (UNB) – The approach road of a bridge has caved in in Monohardi upazila, just two months after it was inaugurated.
A large portion of the road collapsed on the south side of the bridge over the Arial Kha River that connects Monohardi of the district with Pakundia of Kishoreganj.
Besides, cracks have developed on the Pakundia part of the approach road on the north side.
Although the contractor firm repaired the damaged road with sand bags and bamboo poles, locals fear it might collapse again anytime.
M/S Rezvi Construction of Mymensigh constructed the bridge spending Tk 9.74 crore. It was opened to traffic on May 16 last.
Hundreds of vehicles, including those plying Dhaka-Kishoreganj route via Monohardi, use the bridge every day.
During a visit to the site, it was seen that the Monohardi portion of the approach road caved in following incessant rains for the last several days.
The contractor firm placed sand bags along with bamboo poles to somehow repair the collapsed road.
However, locals fear it might collapse again in the case of heavy rains.
Local Awami League leader Lal Mia alleged that the road collapsed due to the use of substandard materials in the construction.
Rezvi Construction Supervisor Nirtan said a road may collapse after its construction. “However, we’ve repaired the road.”
Executive Engineer of Kishoreganj Roads and Highways Rashedul Alam said he was unaware of the collapse of and cracks on the road. “Actions will be taken against the contractor firm if it’s found correct. “