Philanthropist builds bridge over nala to help villagers
Solid Structure in Khanapur Taluk
Using the rickety bridge made with wood and tree branches over the nala in Manginhal village in Khanapur taluk had turned into a nightmare for the residents of the region that falls in Bhimgad Wildlife Sanctuary.
However , their woes have ended thanks to philanthropist Nasir Bagawan who has built a steel bridge in place of the old bridge.
The steel bridge , built at a cost of Rs 12 Lakh, was inaugurated by district minister Ramesh Jarkiholi. It is so soon it. Manginhal is a hamlet with 325 population , located 3km from Shiroli gram panchayat and 14 km from Khanapur. Children here go to school at Shiroli by walk. Till now, they were using the old makeshift bridge to cross the canal. It was risky to use the bridge which was in a dilapidated condition.
There were incidents of people including children and the elderly losing balance and falling into the nala.
The monsoon only worse ned their woes since parts of the bridge would wash away due to the force of water.
The villagers had appealed to the government authorities to replace the makeshift bridge with a permanent one, but their pleas had fallen on deaf years. Finally, they approached Nasir Bagawan, a builder –cum –philanthropist , who took the initiative and build the steel bridge.
“I decided to build the bridge after villagers narrated their plight to me. Villagers said they never come out of the village for three months during the rainy season . Besides , there is no hospital or school in village. It prompted me to build the bridge,” Bagawan told TOI.
He is also building another bridge over Mandovi river between Kongala, Gavali and Pastoli at a cost of Rs 30 Lakh .According to Krishna Gurav, vice-president of Shiroli GP, the newly constructed steel bridge has been very helpful to Manginhal villagers. GP secretary Suryaji Devkari said the bridge has given easy access to the GP and Taluk headquarters. Now even the ambulance runs on the bridge, he added.