Moved by the plight of people who had to walk a distance of 25 km to reach the other bank of the river Koyal in West Singbhum district, a villager with the the help of his family members has constructed a bamboo and wooden bridge over the river.
The 42-year-old Indrajit Mahto constructed the bridge over the Koyal river between Barah Dungri ghat in Ichapped village and Anandpur village.
Earlier the people of Ichapeed, Raidih, Sonpokhri, Dheepa, Badposh and other nearby places had to travel via Manooharpur, Raikera to reach Anandpur, covering a distance of about 25 km, just to cross the river.
Inspired by a similar bridge built on the river near Dhanipal village linking Jharkhand-Orissa, Mahto made up his mind to set up a wooden bridge over the river to help the villagers.
With the help of his family members Mahto started his bridge construction work and completed it in just 25 days. The bridge was formally inaugurated after a prayer was performed by Mahto on January nine last.
People can cross the Koyal river by walking or riding on their two-wheeler using the bamboo and wood bridge, Mahto claimed.
The bridge has proved to be of great help to the school children of Ichapped, Raidih, Sonpokhri, Dheepa and Badposh villages, who had to face immense difficulties in attending their classes in the only nearby high school in Anandpur.
During the summer when the water level used to be of knee length the school children would cross the river by walking. But when the water level would rise during the rainy season they would have to trek for 25-km to go their school.
Mahto has started collecting toll fee voluntarily given by the villagers using the bridge.
"The money collected from the voluntarily toll fee given by the villagers would be spend for regular maintenance of the bridge," Mahto said.
"I will try to make the bridge more stronger, so that it could withstand the water flow during the rainy season," he said.
The Block Development Officer (BDO) of Manoharpur Block, Nayan Tara Kerketta said a bridge over Koyal river has been constructed by Mahto to link the banks of river (Ichapeed and Anandpur).
The bridge will certainly reduce the distance between Ichapped and Anandpur, Kerketta said.
She also said that Mahto was collecting the money voluntarily given by the villagers for the maintenance of the bridge.