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With no bridge, students swim across river to pursue education
7/16/2018 10:56:46 PM
Early Times Report

UDHAMPUR, July 16: Notwithstanding the tall claims of the successive governments of providing better amenities to the far flung areas of the state, the students of a remote village Pachond in tehsil Latti-Marothi of district Udhampur not only cover long distance on foot but even swim across the river Tawi to reach their schools. In their pursuit to get themselves educated, the students of Government Higher Secondary Schools, Jakhed and Latti wake up early in the morning and after covering long distance on foot, reach river Tawi. At his point, the students use their swimming skills to cross it as there is no bridge which could take them to the other end. The students are following this routine everyday as they have no other option to reach their schools. Earlier, the locals with their own efforts had built a bridge over river Tawi from Kugaini near Jakhed Dudu to Bali village which helped the population of about 5000 souls of Panchayat Pachond to connect with the nearest available road but the flash floods triggered due to heavy rainfall washed away that bridge. Since then the locals are demanding the construction of a bridge but till date successive governments have failed to build a bridge. Students alleged that nearly 400 students are forced to cross the river in the absence of a bridge. They said that the local police help the students to cross the dangerous river by using ropes.
Locals alleged that repeated pleas to construct a bridge have fallen to deaf ears as from 1988 till date we are waiting for a proper bridge but to no avail.
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