Villagers in Kangan risk lives daily crossing a rickety bridge over Sindh

  • IRFAN RAINA
  • Publish Date: Jul 8 2019 3:25AM
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  • Updated Date: Jul 8 2019 3:25AM
Villagers in Kangan risk lives daily crossing a rickety bridge over SindhPhoto: Kashmir Ink

Residents of Tangchahter village and its surrounding areas in Ganderbal district risk their lives every day crossing a rickety bridge over Sindh nallah that connects them to the tehsil headquarters.

The village in Kangan area feels cut off from its surroundings and the Srinagar-Leh national highway. 

“Without any proper communication links people have to cross temporary bridges made of wooden planks and walk on foot for miles to reach their respective destinations,” a villager, Umer, in Tangchahter told Greater Kashmir.

The villagers say during rain and snow cross the Sindh becomes more dangerous, particularly for women, children, sick persons and old persons. 

A temporary footbridge constructed over the nallah, the villagers say, was completely destroyed during recent floods increasing their woes. 

They say a permanent bridge over the nallah was sanctioned some 10 years ago for connecting the area but it has not been constructed.

“This bridge can connect our village with Srinagar-Leh highway but the concerned authorities have failed to complete the construction of permanent bridge here,” a villager said, adding residents of the area have repeatedly approached authorities during successive governments.

“But our requests fell on deaf ears. We are scared for the safety of our children who have to cross over a temporary wooden bridge to reach school,” said Bilal Ahmed, another resident. 

Over the years, scores of men and women have drowned or sustained injuries while crossing over the rivulet using rickety the bridge villagers have made.

“There are so many incidents of injuries to mostly children and women which could have been avoided if this bridge had been constructed,” a resident among a group said.

The residents urged Governor administration to resume work on this bridge vital for their daily life.