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Forest dept, public join hands to build RCC bridge
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 HOJAI, March 2 – Motiur Rahman, the Forest Range Officer of JV Range, Doboka, who has achieved considerable success in forestry management has taken up an initiative to provide better communication facility by constructing a concrete bridge at the snapped portion of the existing 2-km flood embankment along the Jamuna river from the Doboka bridge to Dighalijarani.

The Forest department has earlier sanctioned Rs 2.5 lakh for installation of 2 big-slized culverts at the breached part of the dyke which have remained unplugged. But considering the annual fury of floods of the Jamuna river, the member of Buriganga - Bangaon forest committee and villagers were in favour of a bridge instead of culverts and accordingly, they approached the DFO, Pravakar Das and RO Motiur Rahman with their proposal and assured their full co-operation including financial contribution. They also expressed their willingness to provide physical labour, supply required sand and stone chips from Jamuna and Doboka hills respectively. Both the officers accepted the proposal and decided to go with the construction of an RCC bridge.

Backed by the villagers, the range officer prepared a plan and estimate for the 150-ft RCC bridge at a cost of Rs 8 lakh. With Rs 2.5 lakh at his disposal he started construction. Motiur Rahman informed that besides departmental finance, public contributions, both physical and financial, encouraged him to take the risk. He further said that the bridge would not only serve public purpose but also help the department in opening a new sand mahal at Udmari.

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