PATUAKHALI: An under-construction bridge across the Dovashipara Canal at Ward No. 8 under Kuakata Municipality was collapsed on Sunday.
Kuakata Municipality’s engineer Mizanuzzaman said the concrete slab of the bridge was placed only 28 days ago. The bridge collapsed sometime after loosening the centering by the contractor appointed workers at about 9:00 am.The tender for this 20-meter long bridge was floated in 2019-2020 fiscal year. Deep Enterprise, a construction firm, was given work order for constructing the bridge.
Tk 2.26 crore were allocated for construction of the bridge, which is scheduled to be completed by June 2021.
A strong resentment is prevailing among the locals due to sudden collapse of the bridge before the completion of its construction. They alleged that the bridge was collapsed due to low quality construction materials used for the construction of the bridge.
Villager Md Alauddin said the bridge might have collapsed as no pillar was built at the middle of the bridge.
Another villager Omar Al Saddam Mal alleged that the contractor used low quality iron rod, stone and low quality cement and sand at the beginning of the construction of the bridge.
He also said that lack of supervision and monitoring by the department concerned is also responsible for such a disaster.“The government should take legal action against all, who responsible for this damage,” he added.
Though the construction work of the bridge was awarded to Deep Enterprise officially, the proprietor of the firm sold the work order to one Mamun, owner of the Khan Traders.
Kuakata Municipal mayor Anwar Hossain Hawlader said the bridge was collapsed due to the use of low quality construction materials.
He said the municipal authorities would file a case against the construction firm.
Meanwhile, Khan Trader’s director Al Mamun could not be reached over the phone despite repeated attempts as his phone was found switched off.