A 180-feet bailey bridge in Jauljibi sector of Pithoragarh district, Uttarakhand less than three weeks despite frequent landslides and heavy rains have been constructed by Border Roads Organisation (BRO). A cloudburst hit the area on July 27, 2020, and a 50-metre span concrete bridge was thoroughly washed out, the nallas and rivers were flooded. This caused a mudflow of tremendous force. There were many casualties also due to landslides, and the road communication was broken.
The BRO mobilised its bridging resources and set up to construct the bridge. The biggest challenge was to transport parts to the site from Pithoragarh amidst frequent landslides and heavy rains. The bridge was completed on August 16, 2020. This has led to accessing flood-affected villages and has connected Jauljibi to Munsiyari.
The connectivity will bring relief to about 15,000 people in 20 villages. The constructed bridge has resumed road communication of 66-kilometre road starting from Jauljibi to Munsiyari. Ajay Tamta the local MP had expressed his concern about the worst affected isolated villages of Lumti and Mori at 25-kilometre from Jauljibi where maximum deaths had taken place. This bridge will provide essential support in rehabilitating the communities.