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Villagers of Dondorai build huge wooden bridge over Ampri river


JORABAT, March 16 - Fed up with false assurances given by the successive State governments and politicians of all hues year after year, villagers of Dondorai village in the Assam-Meghalaya border area have themselves built a huge wooden bridge over the Ampri river to make life easier for people of about 15 villages.

The villagers, mostly farmers and daily wage earners, have built the bridge with a cost of about Rs 1.5 lakh. They said they were forced to build it after their pleas to the MP and the MLA of the area had fallen on deaf ears. The villagers earlier had to risk their lives while crossing the river.

The local residents hailed it as �a bridge truly for the people, of the people and totally by the people.� It is not just an enduring link between two land masses, but a bond uniting hundreds of villagers, they said.

The bridge was inaugurated today by social worker Dr Sailendra Kalita in the presence of pro-talk ULFA leader Anup Chetia, who was also present here for inaugurating a football tournament. Through the media Chetia appealed to the government to provide all the basic facilities to the people of this region.

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