Hundreds of residents of ten villages in the district had spent money from their own pockets one year ago to build a temporary bridge on the Langeana drain for connecting Lande and Demru villages under Baghapurana subdivision, 45 kilometres from the district headquarters, but the bridge collapsed and was washed away due to heavy rain on Thursday.
Residents of villages including Lande, Nathewala, Rode, Demru, Mahla Kalan, Mahla Khurd, Langeana, Jiwan Wala, Hariyewala, Dhoorkot and Bhalur also used this bridge to reach Kotkapura and Mudki towns. On the other hand, more than 30 vans of various private schools of the area also passed through this bridge. Now, this link has been snapped.
People of the area say that during the monsoon, the situation gets worse with the route becoming non-navigable and people have to travel more than 20-km extra to reach the other village.
Rajveer Singh Sandhu Bhaluria, in-charge of the Punjab Welfare Society, said that residents of these ten villages had been demanding the construction of a bridge on the drain for the past 25 years. "Prominent residents had met Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal a number of times during the sangat darshan programmes and the issue was also discussed with deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. Both had promised that the bridg would be constructed soon, but nothing has been done in this regard so far and even an estimate has not been prepared by the department concerned," said Bhaluria.
Gurjant Singh Kalsi, a social worker of Lande village, said that a permanent solution to the problem is the construction of a bridge. "While residents tried to install pipes for passage of water to make way at the place of the bridge the authorities concerned stopped them from doing so. The villagers also were threatened with registration of criminal cases," Kalsi said.
Parminder Singh Gill, Moga deputy commissioner, said that some prominent people had met the authorities concerned a few days ago in this regard. "I would ask the
sub-divisional- magistrate of Baghapurana area to visit the site and after receiving the inquiry report I would also write to the authorities concerned to solve the problem," said Gill.