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Going off track

  • Published at 09:57 pm August 23rd, 2019
Photo: DHAKA TRIBUNE
Photo: DHAKA TRIBUNE

It is tragic to see railways being ignored in this manner

It is a matter of some concern that the Akhaura-Sylhet rail track, one which carries somewhere between 25,000 to 30,000 people every day, remains in disrepair, risking the lives of all those who use it. 

And the consequences are clear to see: In the last three months alone, there have been repeated derailments, leading to fatal accidents on seven occasions.

Such negligence on the part of the authorities is absolutely unacceptable, and steps must be taken immediately to ensure that the rail track is fixed. 

For a nation that continuously focuses on development, to ignore such an immense risk to the lives of people while also failing to value railways as a whole is problematic, to say the least. 

Railways are an integral part of the country’s infrastructure and connectivity, and making it safe and efficient should be a priority for any nation moving on to the next stages of development. 

It is tragic to see railways being ignored in this manner, that too putting the lives of people at risk with little to no consequence of the negligence caused.

Safety must come first -- we hope that the authorities get the 177-km Akhaura-Sylhet rail track back into shape so that no more lives are senselessly lost. 

In the long run, however, our railways need massive improvements across the board, as connectivity will remain of the utmost importance for Bangladesh’s continued progress moving forward.