Helping locals find safe crossing with new bridge

5 December 2018

LafargeHolcim Bangladesh Ltd. (LHBL) recently funded construction of a beautiful new bridge over the Ghilatali canal in the town of Chhatak in northeastern Bangladesh.


The bridge, which was inaugurated at the end of November, makes it possible for local villagers and travelers passing through the region to cross the canal much more safely and reliably than before.

In the past, local villagers in the unions of Norsingpur and Banglabazar relied on small boats or handmade rafts to cross the canal. Any significant rainfall would cause traffic across the canal – usually via bicycle and motorbike – to grind to a halt. Especially during monsoon season, the heavy influx from streams originating in India to the north would cause water levels to rise significantly. Not everyone was deterred by the deep water and strong currents, however, and many people – including local school students – would regularly risk their lives trying to get across. Accidents were not uncommon.




“The goal of this initiative was to improve quality of life for the local community and, most of all, to ensure the safety of students from the Borokhal School and other educational institutions,”

Mohiuddin Babar
responsible for Communications at LafargeHolcim Bangladesh

Construction of the bridge, which is located near LafargeHolcim’s Surma-Chhatak cement plant, was made possible by a BDT 1.5 million grant from LHBL’s CSR fund. The bridge is 32 meters long and five meters wide, and was built using LafargeHolcim’s Bangladesh brand, Supercrete.

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“We are very grateful for the engagement of LafargeHolcim Bangladesh. Good works such as these, and continued cooperation between LafargeHolcim Bangladesh and local governments, can do a lot to improve the lives of the local people.”

Local resident