8 months later, the bridge connecting 2,000 families is waiting to be repaired | Dehradun News
Rudrapur: Eight months after a concrete bridge collapsed over the Kalyani River near Rudrapur, repair work has yet to start at the site, residents said. The bridge connecting Shiv Nagar with Ravindra Nagar of the headquarters of the American district of Nagar, Rudrapur, served more than 2,000 families and more than 50,000 commuters every day. It collapsed on October 21 last year following heavy rains that caused a flood-like situation in the Terai. Locals built a makeshift bamboo and wooden bridge here and now move daily, risking their lives. Motorists also travel an additional 5 km to reach their destination. As schools are set to open, it would be risky for children to use the makeshift bridge, residents said.
Notably, shortly after the bridge collapsed, several politicians had assured residents to complete the bridge within six months before the rains. However, with work yet to begin, worried residents are preparing to take to the streets.
On Thursday, tired of waiting, people demonstrated against the local deputy and Rudrapur Municipal Corporation (RMC). “More than 50,000 people have used this bridge before. It was directly connected to various settlements in the city, greatly reducing the distance. With the approaching monsoon, the Kalyani River will be full of water, which will make it even more difficult We want construction to start here soon,” said Meena Sharma, former president of RMC.
“We have been calling for the construction of the bridge for seven months. Earlier, authorities said work could not begin as the state was subject to the model code of conduct due to assembly polls. But it has now been three months since the BJP government came to power, but the apathy of local MPs and the RMC has dashed our hopes,” said Shankar Mondol, a local. “On top of that, the Kalyani River has been turned into a sewer with tons of garbage that has not been cleaned up by RMC,” Mondol said. “During the election campaign, the local MP had promised the immediate reconstruction of the bridge, but it turned out to be a farce,” said Tarak Goldaranother place.
Rudrapur MP Shiv Arora assured that a project report for the reconstruction of the bridge has been submitted to the state government and construction works will start soon. The bridge connected Shiv Nagar, Ravindra Nagar, Pantnagar Industrial Area, Kalyani View Colony, Awas Vikas and Civil Lines.