Uttarakhand News

BRO built bridges to help stranded villagers in Pithoragrah district

Border Roads Organization (BRO) helped the stranded villagers in Uttarakhand by constructing two wooden bridges over River Kali which demarcates India’s border with Nepal. The bridges were built to facilitate migration of thousands of villagers to Vyans valley in Pithoragrah district in Uttarakhand, who where stranded in Dharchula valley after the bridge connecting the two valleys collapsed during a landslide in February. Around 2400 villagers from seven villagers were stranded due to the bridge collapse.

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The villagers will cross the bridge at Lakhanpur to enter Nepal from Dharchula valley. Through the second bridge at Nazang they will re-enter the Indian territory to reach Vyans valley.

– R.K. Pandey (SDM, Dharchula)

The authorities were prompted to approached their Nepalese counterparts to build the bridges on alternative route that passes through Nepal. One bridge (40m long) is constructed at Lakhanpur and another 60m long at Nazang. BRO constructed the bridges in 10 days, after getting the clearance from the Nepalese government. Indian government would be sending home guards to escort batches of villagers. According to the SDM, the bridges will remain intact up until the onset of monsoons.

Inputs from Hindustan Times

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