Man builds bridges for villagers selling own property
In a unique show of love and affection for his own village people as well as for the Bangabandhu family, a union council (UC) member in Durgapur upazila of Netrakona, has constructed two bridges after the names of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a remote area selling his own property.
M Habibur Rahman, a member of Kullagara UC, built the bridges — ‘Bangabandhu Bridge’ and ‘Sheikh Hasina Bridge’ — connecting the Shibganj Bazar-Sohagipur road spending Tk 32 lakh.
The 120-foot ‘Bangabandhu Bridge’ was constructed over the Katuakuri canal and the ‘Sheikh Hasina Bridge’ built over the Kaliaputi canal is 85 feet in length, reports UNB.
Now, the UC member expects the Prime Minister to formally open the two bridges.
Habibur Rahman, who was re-elected in the recently held UC elections, said some over 10,000 people of six to seven villages of the remote hilly union have to use the Shibganj Bazar-Sohagipur road every day for various purposes. However, they had to face great difficulties for lack of bridges over the two canals as no government in the last 45 years took any initiative to construct any bridge.
‘I took the initiative to construct the bridges to assuage the sufferings of the local people and as part of building a Golden Bangla as dreamt by Bangabandhu,’ he said.
The UC member said he completed the construction of the two bridges with earnings of his entire life and selling his inherited property.
Habib’s father Abdul Karim, a local farmer, inaugurated the work on the two bridges in 2014. He has, however, died by the time.
With a smile on his face, the UC member said the bridges will improve the life standard of the local people. ‘With the construction of the two bridges, local people can bring their produces and vegetables to local bazaars in time while little children can go to their schools easily and patients and pregnant women can easily avail themselves of treatment at the upazila headquarters,’ he said.
Former chairman of Kullagara union council Harunur Rashid, Maulana Habibur Rahman, Osman Goni, Mokhlesur Rahman, Abdur Rashid, Dulal Miah and Mizanur Rahman of the locality said no public representative took any step to ease the sufferings of the local people.