Chattral Village In Mendhar Demands Bridge

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M S Nazki
Poonch: The residents of Chattral village in Mendhar area of Poonch district have urged the administration to fulfil their “long-pending” demand – of constructing a bridge in the area.

Slamming the “lackadaisical attitude” of the authorities over the genuine demand, one of the locals told GNS, “Chattral is a small stream which divides the village into two parts. In the absence of a bridge, we have been facing hardships while cross it. Despite repeated requests, the authorities have failed to construct a bridge here.”

He said the village has a population of nearly 15000 and most of the people are living under below poverty line (BPL). “If a person falls sick, the villagers have to carry him/her on shoulders to the nearest healthcare centre at Chattral which is about three kilometres away,” he said.

“All these years, we have been risking our lives while crossing the stream. Sometimes crossing the stream becomes difficult particularly during rainy season when the water level is high. The absence of bridge has made our life miserable,” another resident said.

The residents also said that there is no direct road to connect the village to the tehsil headquarters Mendhar.

“This bridge will not only benefit the village Chattral but the adjoining villages too. It will also shorten the distance taken to reach the main road,” they said.

President Youth Development Association Mendhar Advocate Tanvir  Iqbal Qureshi while voicing the people’s concern appealed Governor S P Malik to look into the issue and address the problem at the earliest. (GNS)

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