Chandigarh: In less than a month of its collapse, residents of three villages reconstructed the footbridge after pooling money thus reviving this only lifeline for scores of villagers, once again. The work is being done by the villagers with the assistance of district administration.
With the collapse of this old suspended foot-bridge, link to Ajoli, Bramhpur and Bela Dhiani was disconnected from the other villages located on the opposite side of the river.
The worst affected were students and teachers of three government schools who had to trudge almost 15 km more to reach their schools daily, besides farmers having their agriculture fields on either sides of the Sutlej, claimed Prem Chand of Bela Dhiani village.
Facing hardship for over a month, the villagers pooled money and other material for the repair and reconstruction of the bridge, that collapsed on February 8, this year.
The villagers had been demanding a permanent bridge here and also raised the issue during Punjab Vidhan Sabha elections not no to avail.
Last week, Punjab and Haryana High Court while taking up a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by advocate H C Arora, had issued notice to Punjab government, its Chief Secretary, Punjab Roads and Bridges Developments Board and Deputy Commissioner (DC), Ropar, regarding reconstruction of the footbridge and building a permanent bridge there.
The temporary bridge was constructed by villagers in 2001 for connecting certain villages, including Bela Dhiani on one side of river Sutlej and Ajoli village on other side (Nangal side).
The temporary bridge was inaugurated by the then Punjab Cabinet minister Madan Mohan Mittal in April 2001. The minister had also given a grant of Rs two lakh for the construction of the bridge, said Prem Singh, Sarpanch of Bela Dhyani.
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