Dashima-Dhaka Highway turns risky for lack of cautionary signboards
DASHMINA, PATUAKHALI, Nov 26: The 28 kilometre Dashmina-Dhaka Highway in the district has highly been risky for life and transports due to lack of regular repairing.
The highway is ranging from Dashmina to Boga College Gate. This road having hundreds of snake turns and intersections is under Local Government Engineering Department (LGED). Locals said, it is now a death trap. These turns and intersections are holding no cautionary signboards.
Speedy commodity laden vehicles and other transports are likely to commit accidents anytime.
A visit found some highly risky turns and intersections on the highway , such as Machhuakhali, Borogolapdi, Thakurerhat, Betagi, Bhangabridge, Milghor, Madhabpur and Boga turning points.
Several thousands of transports including bus, microbus, commodity-laden trucks, covered van, pickup, Mahindra, easy bike, and motor cycles.
According to field sources, these turning points are not visible from sighting distance. It was learnt, small and fatal incidents occur regularly on the highway. The pressure on the road has increased manifold since opening of Padma and Payra bridges.
Along with numerous turns and intersections there are many haats and bazaars beside the highway.
Due to lack of adequate space for transport moving in the bazaars of Machhuakhali, Borogolapdi, Thakurer Haat, Betagi, Milghor, and Madhabpur areas, public communications are hampered. Highway space in these trading places is occupied by makeshift outlets. Traffic jam is causing public suffering.
Driver Md Selim of a Dhansiri Paribahan bus on Dashmina-Barishal route said, very risky turns and intersections are ranging from Dashmina to Boga Ferry Ghat; it needs slow speed on this risky stretch; it kills time of passengers. It is urgent for the authorities concerned to straighten the highway at these points, he demanded.
A Barishal-bound passenger and Laxmipur dweller Md Imran said, if the authorities hang cautionary signboards at these points, fatalities can be avoided in future.
Acting Station Officer of Dashmina Fire Service and Civil Defence Abdur Rashid said, "After being informed of any accidents, it takes us long time to reach there. So it causes the damage higher."
Ambulance Driver Jamal said, this road is also risky for patients.
When contacted over mobile phone, Executive Engineer of Roads & Highways (RHD)-Patuakhali Mohammad Latif Hossain advised the correspondent to talk either with Patuakhali's senior assistant engineer or upazila engineer."
Later on, Patuakhali RHD's Senior Assistant Engineer Bipul Kumar Biswas over mobile phone said, "We will raise problems of the highway including cautionary signboards in the next coordination meeting. We will send project proposal in this regard. If approved, we will start working accordingly."
When asked about straightening the road, he said, such repairing will need land acquisition. It is a very tough task to change direction of the road, the RHD official maintained.