YARKHUN: The only jeep-able bridge in the south of Dizg and north of Brep constructed in 1980 to link the Yarkhun valley with other parts of Chitral collapsed in 2006 mainly due to the use of substandard material and a lack of maintenance.
It took more than five years to rebuild the bridge due to apathy of he successive governments and lack of interest on part of the public representatives. During this period, over 50,000 people living in about 100 villages in the far-off valley remained cut off during each summer.
Since its reconstruction, no steps have again been taken to maintain the bridge and, as a result, most of its wooden plunks have worn out and disappeared. On the other hand, in every summer the river continues eroding the soil on the western part of the bridge due to the absence any proper embankment.
The people of the area have called upon the government and the public representatives to allocate funds for the repair and maintenance of the vital bridge to protect it from collapsing again.–Abdul Nasir Khan