At a time when highways and flyovers are coming up all more than the state, some villages are even now struggling to get even footbridges to tackle monsoon-associated complications.

Simple connectivity with the rest of the environment turns into a dilemma since of the lack of a bridge around the stream/river in these villages.


Lots of folks rue the apathy of the governments in direction of them in these types of a problem. But the inhabitants of Mogra, a village with a populace of close to 1,500 in the foothills of Western Ghats in Sullia taluk of Karnataka, resorted to the basic principle of ‘little drops of drinking water make the ocean’ to make a footbridge, as their repeated appeals to the elected associates unsuccessful to get any good reaction.

A collective effort and hard work

Mahesh Puchchappady, a resident of the region, saidit was the crew work of the villagers that led to the building of a steel footbridge named ‘Grama Setu’ on the stream flowing in their village.

Mogra, close to 100 km from Mangaluru, has a authorities major college, a most important wellbeing centre, and an anganwadi. But hefty rainfall throughout monsoon and the affiliated floodsmade it difficult for college students to access their educational facilities. It was also a challenge for the villagers to get well being companies in scenario of emergencies throughout the wet year.

The villagers experienced to wander on the momentary footbridge made out of the areca logs throughout monsoon time. Puchchappady stated nearly 70 students had been utilizing the momentary footbridge for the duration of the wet time before.

Even so, quite a few dad and mom shifted their children to other educational facilities in nearby villages/towns in the past several years.

As a outcome, the strength of the whole university, which has courses from 1st standard to 7th typical, has now arrive down to 30, he stated.

The villagers took it as a problem when the years of their appeals to the elected reps to assemble a bridge in their village did not get any good reaction.

Even though lots of villagers voluntarily contributed for the development of ‘Grama Setu’, some personal businesses and enterprises also came ahead to contribute to this project.

On June 5, the villagers approached Patanjali Bharadwaj, son of Padmashri awardee Girish Bharadhwajknown for setting up many hanging bridges in rural and remote places across the regionwith a proposal to construct a bridge. And in 20 times, a 20-metre-very long metal footbridge with a width of 1.2 metre, was all set.

Trial operate

Stating that some ultimate functions on the footbridge are in development, Puchchappady stated the villagers have finished a demo run on this. They can even have their two-wheelers on this steel footbridge. They are all satisfied with this footbridge, he reported.

On naming the footbridge as ‘Grama Setu’, he said: “The ‘setuve’ (bridge in Kannada) is the collective hard work of our ‘grama’.That is why we get in touch with it as ‘Grama Setu’.”