Khulna bypass nightmare for lack of maintenance

UNB . Khulna | Update:

Khulna bypass road from Sonadanga Bus Stand to Natun Rasta area has become totally unfit for traffic. Photo: UNBAbout 3. 5 kilometres of Khulna bypass constructed in 2008 have become terrible for the movement of vehicles as it remains unrepaired for the last 10 years.

The road, constructed by Khulna Development Authority (KDA) from Sonadanga Bus Stand to Natun Rasta, area has become totally unfit for traffic, said locals.

The UNB correspondent detected several spots where both sides of the road have collapsed into adjacent canals, leaving the road in a vulnerable shape.

According to sources at the KDA, it started constructing the bypass in 2003 and completed it in 2008 when the Specialised Sheikh Abu Naser Hospital was established beside the road.

Khulna bypass road from Sonadanga Bus Stand to Natun Rasta area has become totally unfit for traffic. Photo: UNBImportant establishments like Sector Office of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), BNS Titumir, BNN School and College, Anchorage School, Naval Admission Centre, Naval Colony, Police Lines, Mujgunni Shishu Park, Imam’s Training Centre, City Health Centre are located along the road.

Students, staff, government officials and others use the important road regularly.

The residents of Khalishpur and Daulatpur areas use the bypass while leaving the city and face difficulties for the sorry state of the road as vehicles get stuck in big potholes, according to the locals.

“Crossing the road is a terrible experience for anyone. The road filled with small potholes turns more dangerous when it rains,” said Ali Ahmed, a resident if Khalishpur area.

Besides, passenger buses from Jashore and Satkhira take the route to travel to Bagerhat or Dhaka to avoid city traffic but these days they are facing trouble due to its ramshackle condition.

Asked about the bad shape of the bypass, KDA Chairman Brig Gen Md Abdul Mukim Sarkar said, “I’ve no idea about the road condition as I have joined here recently.”

After consultation with the engineers concerned, necessary steps will be taken to repair the road, he said.

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