Villagers suffer in absence of bridge

Have To Cover 10 Extra Kilometers To Reach Ramban

M M PARVAIZ

Ramban, Oct 23: Thousands of poor people living in peripheral villages are forced to shell huge amount to travel to Ramban in absence of a direct link to the District Headquarter.
 The people have to cover several kilometers on private vehicles to reach Ramban as even after lapse of long eight years the government has failed to reconstruct the unsafe suspension bridge over river Chenab that provides a short link from these villages falling in Tehsil Gool to district headquarter Ramban.
 Sources said that the suspension brid ge acting as shortest link between the two areas was declared unsafe by Beacon authorities in year 2004, but it was never repaired forcing the people of the area to pay hundreds of rupees as fare to reach the district headquarter for meeting their work.
 The people of the area said that the suspension bridge was constructed in fifties and it provided an easy and short link between several villages of Gool Tehsil with Ramban. “The bridge was of great utility for villagers living in far flung areas of Tehsil Gool as it shortened their distance to attend different chores at Ramban. With each passing day, its condition worsened and ultimately in the year 2004 it was declared unsafe by Beacon authorities” said a resident of Gool Gulam Rasool 
 He said the authorities restricted the movement of villagers and vehicles to   from the suspension bridge after which they were compelled to come via Karool which was some ten kilometers from Maitra Bridge.
 “Presently a vehicle has to cover ten kilometers additional distance to reach Maitra- the peripheral part of the Ramban Town which is hardly half kilometer from the old town” another resident Liaqat Ali said.
 Recently, offices of several departments were shifted to Maitra, so that people of far flung areas can easily come for solving their problems.
 Another resident of the area rued that Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was apprised about the problem during his visit to area on December 3, 2011 and he had assured to sanction an alternate bridge near Cafeteria Morh, on priority basis. “As for now the assurances of CM have proved as hollow   as nothing has been done so far” villagers said.
 Political leaders, across party lines have appealed Chief Minister to fulfill his commitment, without further delay.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 23 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 23 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 24 Oct 2012 00:00:00 IST




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