Our potholed roads
A coloured photograph of a stretch of road at Khagrachari was published by a local English daily on September 25 that provoked the undersigned to pen the following. Potholes on roads have unfortunately become a common feature of almost all roads across Bangladesh. Dhaka is also sometimes called the ‘pothole capital’ of the world’. The number of potholes per linear mile of roadway is the highest in the world, without any doubt, whatsoever.
The potholes allow thriving of the frog population of Bangladesh, not only in ditches and ponds but also on roads. The only saving grace is that vehicles slow down on potholed roads and chances of accidents decrease. However this aspect of road safety comes at higher fuel consumption, more so for all vehicles travelling over miles and miles on our pothole decorated roads.
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