Bhubaneswar, September 14(LocalWire): Let down by government agencies, residents of a cluster of far-flung villages decided to solve the problem on their own and built a makeshift bamboo bridge over a creek in Koraput district.
The creek was a barrier for the residents of Gadaraguda, Mundaguda, Rampur, Sapaguda, Minarabali villages coming under Kalar gram panchayat of Boipariguda block of the district. With no culvert built, the swollen water body often severed the road connectivity of these villages from the block headquarters.
The villages are home to about 1,600 people, most of them from the tribal community.
For the local settlers, it was becoming difficult by the day to wait for the panchayat and the block administration to act. They had approached the authorities concerned on umpteen occasions, but it was of no avail.
Finally, the villagers took up the task themselves and built up the makeshift bridge.
Bamboo poles and stumps were collected from the nearby forest. Locals volunteered and the bridge was built in two hours.
“A project for the construction of a culvert over the bridge is pending for execution. We are expecting the release of grants for the purpose. The effort by the villagers is praiseworthy,” Boipariguda Panchayat Samity chairperson Sarijni Kandiki said.