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>THE government has embarked on a Tk 437.40 crore project to complete 65 bridges that have been lying incomplete for years for want of funds and proper attention of the authorities concerned causing acute public sufferings. (Read full article)
The task of completing these bridges, which are 7,563.90 metres in length, will take three years and will cost twice to thrice the amount they would have required if completed in due time, communications ministry sources said.
Constructions of a few of these bridges started at the initiatives of local parliamentarians elected since 1990 at the fag end of their governance. Left incomplete, these bridges later saw the incumbent MPs’ indifference and non-availability of fund.
The construction work of two such bridges–Mokorrompur Bridge on Rahanpur-Bholahat-BDR Camp Road in Chapainawabganj and Kachkair Bridge on Ahmedpur-Baroigram-Gurudaspur Road in Natore–started in 1995.
The Roads and Highways Department (RHD), which is responsible for constructing bridges, have identified 14 bridges in Dhaka zone, three in Comilla, 13 in Sylhet, five in Chittagong, six in Rajshahi, 11 in Rangpur, four in Khulna and nine in Barisal zones.
The project has been included in the Annual Development Programme for FY2008-2009, Communications Secretary Dr Mahbubur Rahman told The Daily Star.

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