CHITRAL, Jan 13: More than 500 people belonging to the Sosum and Hassanabad villages of Karimabad valley started the reconstruction of the Hassanabad bridge on a self help basis.
The bridge was damaged in the 2010 floods and since then the people have been using wooden plunks put over the river as the government failed to rebuild the damaged bridge so far. Of late, this wooden bridge was also damaged forcing the vehicular traffic to cross the river to reach their destinations.
Talking to this scribe, former district naib nazim Sultan Shah said the people had time and again approached the elected representatives, including the MNA and the MPA and also visited the offices of the concern departments but none of them paid any heed to their demands. He said that after disappointment from the lawmakers, the people decided to construct the bridge on a self help basis.
The people also collected donations from some NGOs to purchase wooden pieces to construct the bridge. Hundreds of people came from Karimabad, Sosum valley and Hassanabad village and participated in the construction work. They completed the basic work on the bridge and would fix wooden plunks over the river within a day or two.
A local contractor told this scribe that if the C&W department built the bridge it would cost around Rs.2 million. Muahammad Ali, a local social worker, said that residents of the area were frustrated over the apathy of their elected representatives and that is why the residents had started the construction of the bridge and road on a self help basis.