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Due to 3 kilometer road

Staff Correspondent - March 5th, 2013

“My daughter’s marriage broke two months ago as the bride told that how they would travel to the village during the rainy season,” Amej Ali a resident of Baribaka village in sadar upazila in Meherpur told.
Though many others of four adjacent villages——Baribaka, Shalika, Buripota and Nabinagar in sadar upazila in the district did not have the experience as Amej Ali but had many untold sufferings only because of a 3 kilometer road.
The villagers also face problems in sending their children to school, taking patients to hospitals, bringing harvested crops from field etc.
Around 20 lakh people are living in the villages. The villages, 20 kilometers off the Meherpur district headquarter are mainly based on agriculture.
The villages are well-known for agricultural products, especially rice and fish, but the produce cannot be duly transported to market place due to lack of communication facilities, locals said.
A 3-kilometre road to link Meherpur-Kushtia Chuadanga Highway as well as district and upazila headquarters has remained virtually useless for last 40 years.
In the rainy season, the villages become virtually isolated.
Due to faulty communication, the villages could not be brought under electrification and in absence of electricity, local farmers use around 500 diesel-run shallow and deep tube-wells to irrigate their paddy fields.
Thousands of farmers of the four villages face trouble and count extra cost to produce their agricultural products and necessary things to and from the markets also.
The children are to face trouble to go to schools situated in and around the villages.
“The kids are to face untold sufferings to rush to their schools during the rainy season,” Firoj Kamal, a school teacher of a primary school of the village told.
Nazrul Islam, a farmer of Nabinagar village told that none takes initiative though many promised to construct the road before votes years after years.
“They come before election but forget everything after they are voted to power,” Nazrul told.
This correspondent talked to chairman of Buripota Union Parishad Abdur Rouf Mukul. He admitted of untold sufferings of the villages due to the road.
“I several times went to LGED, Roads and Highway and requested them to take initiative in last one year of my regime but they give only promise,” Mukul said.
Engineer of Meherpur sadar upazila LGED Jan-e-Alam told that his department wrote to higher authority on the roads.
Step will be taken after sanctioning money,” he said.