Bada Bhangal, a village located between Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar mountains in Kangra district, remained cut off from the rest of the world for fifth consecutive day on Thursday, following a bridge collapse on Henny Khud on the way to the remotest village of the state.
The civil administration informed that it would take few more days to restore connectivity to the village, accessible through a 72km long trek.
“The repair work of the collapsed bridge is underway on war footing still it will take at least 10 days to restore the connectivity,” said Baijnath sub- divisional magistrate (SDM) Rugved Thakur.
The bridge and mule path connecting the village was damaged on September 6 owing to heavy rain. Food grains supply (buffer stock for winter) dispatched to Bara Bhangal by the district administration had also held up in due to the damage.
“Though some supply has reached the village, a large quantity is still held up. As soon as the bridge is restored the rest of the stock will be delivered at the village,” said Thakur.
Thamsar Pass, at height of 4, 4,654 meters, which has to be crossed to reach the mountainous village, get close after snowfall in October, cutting of the connectivity to Bada Bhangal for six months.
Located at a height of 7,700 ft above the sea level, the remote village has a considerable population of 600.
Most of the people in this village are nomads and migrate to Bir near Baijnath town in winter. However, many of them stay in the village, braving the harsh weather conditions.