CHATTOGRAM: Vehicles cannot ply most of the roads in the port city for their worst condition due to heavy rainfall in the current rainy season.
Major roads and alleys here have become unfit for traffic due to cracks and potholes, causing sufferings to pedestrians, commuters as well as the drivers.
Meanwhile, Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) new administrator Khorshed Alam Sujan visited Agrabad Access Road after his assumption of office.
He expressed dismay over the current condition of roads and asked the authorities concerned to renovate all roads which are damaged during monsoon.
Mr Sujan told the FE that he would take urgent steps to renovate the roads.
Sources said the condition of roads at Agrabad, Barik Building, port area, Patenga, Steel Mills, Katgor Bazar, Airport, Muradpur, Oxygen intersection, Sholoshohor, Dewanhat, Olanker intersection, Port Connecting Road, Bohoddarhat, College Road, Jamal Khan, Momin Road, Station Road, Kadamtali, Dhonialapara, Chawk Bazar, Sholok Bahar, Katalganj, Bakalia, New Market, SS Khaled Road, Mehdibag, OR Nizam Road, Pahartali and Bayezid Bostami is beyond description.
The condition of the prime road to Kalurghat Industrial Area where multinationals like Unilever Bangladesh have factories is very bad and vehicles are quite unable to ply the dilapidated road.
During monsoon here, sources said, people suffer from waterlogging that harms most of the roads in the city.
City-dwellers said Chattogram has now turned into a place of frequent waterlogging even in the moderate rainfall due to faulty drainage system.
Rainwater inundates streets as most of the drains get silted up heavily causing disruption to normal discharge of water.
Most vehicles ran at risk on the roads as their condition went worst in the rain in weeks.
Big ditches, damage to road surface, lack of renovation and continuous downpour last week have made the roads and risky and unusable.
Sources said transport owners in the port city have to count additional money for repairing their vehicles due to the shabby state of the roads.
There was no maintenance work on part of the CCC or the Chattogram Development Authority this year. So, bricks and pitches of most roads are damaged, they alleged.
Bus driver Mohammed Shahabuddin said it has become tough for them to drive on derelict roads and they have to spend extras for repairs.
The longevity of vehicles is decreasing day by day due to the bad condition of the roads, he uttered.
Jahurul Islam, a city dweller, said small vehicles like cars or CNG-run taxis are quite unable to run on dilapidated roads.
The roads are occasionally repaired, but they return to their former shape within weeks, furthering public sufferings, he claimed.