These villagers built their own bridge after Govt indefinite delay

This is an inspiring story from the Haryana’s Sirsa district. A number of village surrounding Sirsa town do not have access to town directly because their is river flowing and there isn’t a bridge constructed on it.  Repeated appeals from the villagers to people’s representatives , govt officials went it vain. They have almost waited for four decades for the bridge.

The villagers had to travel 40 kilometers every day to sell their farm produce. “Governments came and went. They all promised, but no help came. We met ministers, parliamentarians, chief ministers, leaders from the Congress, BJP and INLD, but all we got were assurances,” Major Singh, secretary of bridge construction committee, told the NDTV

Bridge over Ghaggar river in Sasra District, Haryana
Bridge over Ghaggar river in Sasra District, Haryana

Finally,  fed up with government apathy, villagers decided to take things into their hand .From old age to widow pensioners, 5 thousand locals of 9 nearby villages stepped forward. Together, they managed to raise Rs. 1 crore. The construction began in April last year and now, the bridge is completed. So far, they have spent Rs. 90 lakh.The 214-feet long, 16-feet wide steel and concrete bridge over river Ghaggar is now a reality.

The villagers said –  “For us, a labourer who contributed Rs 500 and a widow who contributed her pension of Rs 1,000 are more important than those who fooled us for more than three decades.” The villagers have decided to allow no VIP or politician to ever use the bridge. It will remain of the people, by the people and for the people.

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