Baksa : Villagers here literary fulfill the idiomatic phrase ‘Living life on the edge”. It has been 10 years now the people of at least four villages in Baksa district of Assam have only these two options before crossing the river in Dhulabari. One is a dilapidated bamboo bridge and the other is the dangerous railway bridge, near Rangia.
Hundreds of people, including school children, office goers and petty traders are risking their lives every day to cross the river using the railway bridge. For these villagers, the railway bridge is the only easy connectivity to cross the river.
Risking their lives, they walk over the bridge or cycle over it to cross the river. The bamboo bridge connects Goreswar and Rangia.
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Living Life on the edge
“This railway bridge is the easiest way to reach places. There is always a fear that a train might pass anytime soon but we have no other option. If we have to reach a place on time, this is the dastest route,” said a villager.
“If a train approached the railway bridge, we keep ourselves at a safe distance from the tracks by holding the iron bars of the bridge,” the villager added. He informed the villagers had no way but to use the railway bridge risking their lives despite accidents.
Another village said, “The Bodoland Territorial Council chief Hagrama Mohilary laid the foundation stone of a concrete bridge in the year 2010. But till date, the construction of the bridge has not been completed.”