The people of 22 inaccessible villages are close to getting back their lost link with the outside world.
In a major relief to them, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) is building a steel bridge worth Rs 2 crore over river Sutlej.
During floods in the border region last year, Parminder Singh Pinki, Congress legislator from Ferozepur, had noted that Chandiwala, Tendiwala, Jallo Kee, Bhkaraa, Raheme Wala, and other villages had no direct link with the rest of the country.
Since the floods had washed away a Bailey bridge of the Border Security Force (BSF), the villages could be reached by boat alone. The legislator wrote to the-then union home minister, P Chidambram, who then assigned the job to the BRO, which has completed the work 40%.
Makhan Singh Pehalwan of Jallo Kee village is happy in anticipation. "The bridge will give us a sense of security," he said. "It will reduce our daily worries, especially on account of medical needs."
"The permanent bridge will be our first since Independence," said Mangal Singh, sarpanch of Chandiwala.