The century old bridge in the Teesta river has expired two decades ago but trains still ply through the bridge. The bridge connects the Rangpur district with the Lalmonirhat district in the south and Kurigram districts in the north.
The 2,110 feet bridge was built 120 years ago in Kaunia upazila in Rangpur. The bridge is stated to have a lifespan of 100 years which ended two decades ago. However, 20 trains ply through the bridge on a daily basis.
The railway authorities stated that tenders have been floated to repair the bridge. Since 1978, trains, buses, trucks and other vehicles have been going through the bridges increasing pressure on it and thereby increasing the risk for commuters.
The construction of Teesta Road Bridge in 2012 did take away vehicle movement from the bridge where now only trains go through the bridge.