Saligao villagers build their footbridge, as panchayat falters

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August 2, 2018 at 10:36 am #8272

Residents of Arradi in Saligao have contributed towards constructing a new footbridge over a ‘vao’ (traditional monsoon water drain) without seeking help of an elected representative or the village panchayat.

The ‘vao’ connects to a small stream in Saligao. Residents used trunks of coconut trees as a makeshift footbridge. This was a precarious situation for villagers as crossing the makeshift bridge also put their lives at risk.

The cost of constructing a footbridge was estimated at Rs 50,000-Rs 60,000 and Arradi residents, under the banner of ‘We the people of Saligao’ decided to raise funds for the project by seeking donations.

The issue was also raised at the recent Saligao gram sabha and the panchayat had promised to build a bridge, but with promises not materialising, the villagers decided to go ahead with the project.

“We are supposed to get all facilities from governing bodies which we don’t receive. We have all worked unitedly without any religious difference or political affiliation. The cost has been borne by the people of ward no 8 and 9,” local resident Mario Cordeiro told TOI.

Source/Reference: Times of India, “Saligao villagers build their footbridge, as panchayat falters

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