Cherpu villagers' wait for bridge continuous

Cherpu villagers' long wait for a bridge

Cherpu (Thrissur): The August deluge has put a village in Thrissur district in tatters after it swept away the small bamboo bridge connecting Cherpu and Chazhoor panchayats.

The bridge had been more of a connecting link between the close relatives living on either sides of the Herbert canal of Karuvannur river. It had served as a line of bondage between neighbours who would rush with their daily bit of homemade culinary specials to their dear ones on the other side of the bridge.

But for three months the families are in dire straits. Now, the residents have to travel a long distance to reach the main bridge on the state highway, cross the canal and walk in the same direction to meet their dear ones. The families who stay only a few metres away virtually have to walk many kilometres if they have to meet their kith and kin. The situation is more or less the same for the labourers who work in the paddy fields on the other side of the canal.

Usually, Chazhoor panchayat undertakes the renovation work of the bridge. But this time the local residents have demanded an iron bridge by incorporating the project in the Chief Minister's Distress Relief fund. A memorandum has been submitted to the District Collector in this regard.

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