CHANDPUR: In the absence of a concrete bridge over a canal beside Taluk derbari, about five hundred families have been suffering much for over three decades at Hossainpur village under Ward No. 7 in South Kochua Union of Kochua Upazila.
At present, there is a bamboo-made bridge over the narrow canal. Children and elderly people, pregnant mothers and patients have been suffering much to go to their destinations using this dilapidated bamboo bridge.
Locals said they have approached the local public representatives many a time to build a concrete bridge over the canal for their convenience but to no effect.
Local UP member Shariful Islam Manik said, "I have informed the UP Chairman of the problems of the people but nothing has been done".
Hasna Akter Joli, a government primary school teacher of the village, said, "For over three decades, we have been requesting the local public representatives to build a concrete bridge over the canal. But our appeals went unheeded. So, being disappointed, we have to repair the old bamboo-made bridge off and on by collecting money and donations from the villagers".
When contacted, the same view was echoed by another resident of the village Mizanur Rahman and also the local UP member Shariful Islam Manik.
Local UP Chairman Jashimuddin Litton said, "I will place the demand for a concrete bridge in the next UZ Parishad meeting".
Talking to this correspondent, Kochua UZ Engineer Jakir Hossain said, "I am not aware of the problem of the people at Hossainpur village. I shall visit the spot and then send a proposal to the higher authorities to build the bridge".
When contacted, Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Chandpur's Executive Engineer Md Yunus Hossain Biswas said, "I am not aware of this problem. I will look into the matter and try to solve it.''