Suspension bridge reconstruction demanded

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SHANGLA: Residents of Dunkacho area and its suburbs have demanded of the authorities to rebuild a suspension bridge washed away by the recent flash floods.

They told mediapersons on Sunday that the bridge was the only source of communication for them to bring daily use commodities and other goods from Aloch Puran.

“The wooden bridge has been completely damaged and only ropes are hanging over the river. Men can cross the river but it is extremely risky for women and children,” Jamal Khan, a local resident, said and added that when it rained even men could not walk through the fast-flowing water.

He said the people had been demanding the construction of a concrete bridge for vehicular traffic, but the elected representatives ignored their requests.

Mumtaz Ali, another local, said the 200-foot-long suspension bridge was repaired severally by locals on self-help basis. He said neither the district government nor any lawmaker visited the site of the collapsed bridge.

Local Imtiaz Ali said he had to cross the bridge almost on a daily basis to go to other parts of the district.

Habib Khan, district councillor from Dunkacho, told The Northern Post on contact that he had met assistant commissioner, Puran, asking him to rebuild the bridge using the emergency funds provided by the Provincial Disaster Management Authority

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