Kendrapara, August 2 (LocalWire): A 105-metre-long bamboo bridge over the river Govari, collapsed at Milanaboda village under Mahakalapada block in Kendrapara district today cutting off around 20 villages from the main land.
‘Villagers of Kansarbadadandua, Pankapala, Badapala, Milanamoda, Bagagahan, Badadandua, Kansar, Tarapada, Baincha, Radia, Ranki, Ekalapur depend on this bridge.
The way it collapsed shows lack of supervision on the part of the authorities concerned,’ said Sarat Manna of Kansarabadadandua village.
Villagers demanded immediate alternative arrangements to ensure minimum inconvenience to people.
‘It was just a miracle that nobody died in the incident as the bridge caved in early morning today,’ said Randhir Mandal of Milanamoda village.
The concrete bridge over the river Govari at Milanmoda is yet to be completed even after five years due to the slipshod attitude of the authorities.
‘The construction work of the concrete bridge started in 2014. At that time, the authorities had promised to complete the bridge within two years at the cost of Rs 14.70 crores.
But the construction is moving at a snail’s pace and as a result villagers were depending on the bamboo bridge.
But now we have to take the rickety country boats to cross the river,’ said Sahadev Jena of Pankapala.
‘The people of the area are suffering immensely due to non-availability of proper communication links.
The delay in the construction of the concrete bridge is causing inconvenience to thousands of people.
Using an alternative route means travelling extra 14 kilometres for an hour,’ said Ashok Mandal of village Tarapada.
Pradipta Kumar Mohanty, the executive engineer of roads and building department of Kendrapara said, ‘The bamboo bridge was built two years back.
It was meant for pedestrians and two-wheelers only. Recently some people took away bamboos from the bridge and as a result the bridge caved in.
We will soon repair the bridge. We are building a concrete bridge at the cost of Rs14.70 crores. Two wells out of three have already been built.
Some locals are not allowing us to acquire their land near the proposed bridge and as a result the construction is moving at a snail’s pace.’