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Residents of 11 villages in Sirsa District of Haryana teamed up and collected Rs 1 crore for construction of a 250 ft long, 14 ft wide bridge over the Ghaggar river to enable them to take their farm products faster to Sirsa town for sale. Construction work started in April 2014 and finished in July 2015. The bridge connects Aleeka and Panihari villages with Sirsa.
For 1.25 lakh people, the bridge cuts the travel time from their villages to Sirsa and other markets of Punjab by over 30 km. For three decades, political leaders and local authorities had ignored the demand of the villagers for a bridge, so finally the villagers decided to construct their own bridge. Contributions for the construction varied from Rs 500 to Rs 5.51 lakh.