New Delhi, July 12: The people in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state, Gujarat, are risking their lives to commute every day through a collapsed bridge that connects two villages in Kheda district.
A nine-foot-high bridge that connects two villages, collapsed two months ago, was the only way for locals to commute.
The locals have been submitting the petitions for constructing the broken bridge that connects two villages- Naika and Bherai, but the BJP government did not paid heed to it.
The school children with their heavy bags have been forced to navigate the canal on foot, thereby risking their lives as well.
— ANI (@ANI) July 11, 2018
Locals said that if they do not continue to use this method, they would have to walk 10 kilometers to get to the other side of the canal. They currently walk just one kilometer.
It was after the media reports that Vijay Rupani government swung into action.
The Kheda village collector IK Patel said on June 10, that the construction work for a temporary bridge will start soon.
Media reported that residents were putting their lives at grave risk to precariously indulge in acrobatics to cross a canal at Kheda.
“The construction work will be resumed immediately. Only due to rain the work of the bridge has not begun,” said Patel.
The construction of a temporary bridge to connect Naika and Bherai villages here has begun.
Temporary bridge being constructed between Naika & Bherai village in Kheda district. Locals including school children had been daily crossing the collapsed structure, risking their lives. The bridge had broken down 2 months ago. #Gujarat (right pic-earlier visual) pic.twitter.com/HivEy1eo7W
— ANI (@ANI) July 12, 2018
Locals, especially school children, had been crossing the collapsed structure on a daily basis to take a shorter route to school.
According to reports, despite relentless appealing from natives, no action was taken from the government authorities to reconstruct the bridge, which had collapsed over two months ago.
“If we don’t use this bridge, we will have to travel a distance of 10 km instead of 1 km,” a local told news agency ANI.