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July 02, 2015

Villagers in Sirsa Crowdfund Rs. 1 Crore for Bridge

Image: Economic TimesResidents of nine villages in Haryana's Sirsa district funded a 250 foot long, 14 foot wide bride over a river so that they could take their farm produce to nearby areas faster. This Economic Times article reports that work began on the bridge in 2014, and a 25-member committee supervising the construction has brought it to near-completion now. The article says:

" 'We have no place for politicians or bureaucrats in our list of invitees for the bridge's inauguration,' says Hardev Singh of Panihari village. 'For us, a labourer who contributed Rs 500 and a widow who contributed her pension of Rs 1,000 are more important than those who fooled us for more than three decades."

'From Devi Lal to current chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, we had represented our case to all. Except for Sirsa MP Charanjit Singh Rori and former minister Gopal Kanda who contributed Rs 1 lakh and Rs 5.51 lakh respectively from their personal funds no one even bothered to look at us,' added Singh."



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