Villagers suffer as bridge still hangs fire

Published: 03rd August 2013 10:56 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd August 2013 11:31 AM   |  A+A-


Villagers of Gargadbahal are facing a tough time in commuting during monsoon. While the roads remain waterlogged, construction of a bridge to connect Kandakhal with Gargadbahal village in Muribhal block is hanging fire due to differences among the bidders.

The construction of the bridge was left mid-way as some problem arose among the bidders and the sub-bidders, said Paramanand Hati, a resident of Gargadbahal village.

Villagers cannot use the road as stream water flows over it and the bridge that could have been an alternative is yet to be completed. Meanwhile, the villagers of Gargadbahal, Lakhana and Tentelkhunti are forced to travel extra six kilometres to reach the main road.

A temporary arrangement has been made to cross the bridge by fixing a wooden plank. But, it cannot be used by cattle nor vehicles can go over it.

“It is difficult to cross the bridge during night while returning from the main road,” said Hati.

Muribahal BDO NC Jyoti Ranjan Naik said steps have been initiated to complete the bridge as soon as possible. “I am aware of the issue and have issued instructions to the department officials in this regard,” added Naik.

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