NALBARI, Sept 29 - The people of Bharaltola at Bargasa and its adjoining villages under Barbhag revenue circle in Nalbari district have lately been facing a lot of problems in crossing the Baralia river as flood waters washed away the only wooden bridge over the river at Bharaltola.
Heavy flood caused by the river during June last washed away the bridge, thereby throwing the villagers into a state of great inconvenience in regard to surface communication.
The wooden bridge was the only means of surface communication for the ruralites to reach the district headquarter and state capital Guwahati. People of more than ten villages had all along used the bridge as the shortest route of communication to Nalbari and Guwahati.
It may be mentioned that the residents of these areas had been demanding a concrete bridge at Bharaltola over the river as the old wooden bridge was in a deplorable condition. Not surprisingly, the authority concerned had turned a deaf ear to such a vital issue over the years.
After the bridge was washed away during the second wave of floods, the haggard people have been compelled to cross the river through a long bamboo bridge by risking life and limb on a regular basis.
About 300 metres long, the bamboo bridge was constructed a few metres north of the original wooden bridge. School-going children have also been using the narrow bamboo bridge.
It may be recalled that the MLA of Barkshetri LAC Narayan Deka had laid the foundation stone of a RCC bridge a few year ago, but work on the same has not started yet.
The people of the area have therefore demanded the concerned authorities to start construction work of the RCC bridge at an early date in order to ameliorate their collective plight.