Villagers risk their lives crossing Gundari stream

‘Our demand for a bridge has fallen on deaf ears’

ALTAF BABA
Baramulla, Publish Date: Nov 18 2018 11:18PM | Updated Date: Nov 19 2018 2:35AM
Villagers risk their lives crossing Gundari streamPhoto: Altaf Baba

Inhabitants of Dargam, Pattan, on Sunday flayed the administration for failing to construct a bridge over Nallah Gundari in Baramulla district. 

Located around 14 kilometres from Pattan town, the nallah Gundari divides Dargam village with its population living on either side of the stream. 

The absence of the bridge over the Nallah has made “our life” miserable, the locals said. 

“Whenever we take a patient to sub district hospital Pattan, we have to cross the stream. At times crossing over the stream is extremely dangerous, particularly when the water level is high,” said Ghulam Rasool, a local resident. 

The locals said the authorities have even failed to construct “safety walls” on either side of the stream. 

“A huge chunk of land near the stream has been washed away. Even a playground comprising 22 kanals was washed away after flood water from the stream overflowed and entered the village few years back,” Ghulam Hassan, an employee said. 

The students of the area said, if a bridge is constructed it will save their time. “A bridge will lessen the distance to just 3 kilometres instead of the 17 km that at present we have to travel to reach the nearest higher secondary or government degree college Pattan,” they said. 

The villagers said they are risking their lives every time they cross the stream as their long demand for construction of a bridge has “fallen on deaf ears.”

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