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First foot-over bridge in Sylhet, businessmen protest

6In order to facilitate pedestrian crossing and smooth traffic flow on the busy roads of Court Point area, the Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) is going to set up the city’s first foot-over bridge.
SCC sources said, Chittagong Dry Dock Limited, an enterprise of Bangladesh steel & Engineering Corporation, is constructing the bridge at a cost of Tk1.63 crore.
Meanwhile, the businessmen of the Modhubon market staged a human chain in the market premises yesterday morning protesting the project.
They claimed that if the project was implemented, it would adversely affect around 300 businessmen of the market.
Nur Azizur Rahman, acting engineer of the SCC said the bidders started the construction work in April and would finish the work in 2-3 months.
The foot-over bridge will have six stairs at Collectorate Mosque, Central Market and Modhubon Market areas. To ease the traffic congestion, we are installing the project with special allocation from Finance Minister AMA Muhith. We will built another bridge in the Surma Market area,” he added.
Md Mujibur Rahman, assistant technical officer of the Chittagong Dry Dock Ltd said: “Currently the foundation work is going on. Main steel structure of the bridge is already done in Chittagong. The bridge will be opened to public in 3 months.”
President of Modhubon Market Businessman Association Turon Miah said they would incur huge loss as the bridge would obstruct the market entryway. He urged the concerned authorities to reconsider the project.