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Despite taking a bill of 76 lakh taka, the lamp did not light on the ten footover bridge, tiles were not installed.

Despite taking a bill of 76 lakh taka, the lamp did not light on the ten footover bridge, tiles were not installed.
Despite taking a bill of 76 lakh taka, the lamp did not light on the ten footover bridge, tiles were not installed.

In Siddhirganj, 10 footover bridges on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway have been modernized in the fiscal year 2020-2021, including canopies, tiles on the stairs, Italian lamps to remove darkness, solar panels, replacing the old beams with foreign-made beams to make them safe and comfortable.

The contractor has also been billed for work of Rs 7 crore 91 lakh 74 thousand in three separate packages for modernization of nine footover bridges and construction of a new one. But even in the last 14 months, these bridges have not had any lights, not even a single tile. No solar panels were installed, no necessary electrical equipment was installed.

However, the bill for these works is more than 76 lakh rupees! It is learned that no application has been made for electric line connection to light the lamp.

The responsibility of modernization and maintenance of these footover bridges is the responsibility of Narayanganj road department engineers located at Shimrail in Siddhirganj.

After reviewing the tender documents, it can be seen that in three separate packages, nine bridges of Shimrail, Sanarpar, Mouchak, Newtown, Matuail, Rayerbagh, Shanir Akhra and Mograpara on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway are repaired and modernized and a new bridge is constructed at Kajla. The contractor was billed on June 30, 2021 showing completion of work. A total of 7 crore 91 lakh 74 thousand taka was billed for this work.

Among them, the bill for installing 48 Italian-made lamps of 250 watts on two bridges in Shimrail and one bridge in Mograpara was billed for 17 thousand 581 rupees each for a total of 8 lakh 43 thousand 906 rupees. 10 lakh 59 thousand 841 taka was billed for installing tiles on the steps of these bridges.

A bill of 23 lakh 3 thousand 967 taka was given for changing the old beam of the bridge on the east side of Shimrail junction and installing a new beam made abroad. But this Bhima has been made new by painting the old one instead of adding new one.

And the Italian lamps and tiles on these three bridges were not seen until yesterday. None of the locals have ever seen these bridges lit up.

In the other package, a total of 14 lakh 36 thousand 400 taka has been billed for installation of 72 Italian-made 250 watt metal lights on the six bridges of Mouchak, Sanarpar, Newtown, Matuail, Rayerbagh and Shanir Akhra at 19 thousand 950 taka each. A bill of Tk 7 lakh 90 thousand 822 has been given for installing tiles on Rai’s Bagh and Matuail Bridge.

2 lakh 51 thousand 992 taka has been billed for electrical equipment but no Italian lamps, electrical connections and tiles were seen in these bridges.

A new footover bridge has been constructed at Kajla. A bill of 6 lakh 2 thousand 790 taka has been given for installation of 30 Italian metal lights of 250 watt at 20 thousand 93 taka each. A bill of Tk 94 thousand 416 was billed for installing solar panels and Tk 2 lakh 76 thousand 279 was billed for laying 100 square meters of tiles.

But there are only a few low-quality tiles installed. Italian lights and solar panels were not seen. There is no electrical connection either.

When asked why the lights are not lit on the footover bridges, Sub-Divisional Engineer of Narayanganj Road Sub-Division-1 Shakhawat Hossain said that there is electricity work on the bridges. The issue of electricity is under process.

Regarding the installation of tiles, he said, “I don’t really know about the tiles.” I’ll have to look at it.

When asked why the bill was paid without installing tiles and Italian lamps on the steps of the bridge, he said, “I don’t know anything other than that.” I can’t say anything about any bill. All these happened before I came.


The article is in Bengali

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