Bridge man of Mangalore

April 12th, 2008 - 5:08 pm ICT by admin  

By K.G.Vasuki
Sullia (Karnataka), Apr 12 (ANI): For Girish Bharadwaj, the hanging bridges he builds to connect people and their cultures are his expression of connectivity.
Girish is fondly called the bridge man in this town near the coastal city of Mangalore. For him it is a social movement to connect the people and their spirit bridging a bond.
He finds these hanging bridges constructed by him tell the tale of people’s movement.
Girish, a mechanical engineer, is perhaps the only person in the country to build low cost hanging bridges across the rivers in Western Ghats. He has built over 80 hanging bridges in a span of two decades in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.
Girish uses local eco-friendly material to build these cost effective hanging bridges. People of the connecting villages assist him in building most of the bridges using their own resources.
A bridge on the river Payaswini near Puttur in Western Ghats is one of his great expressions of bridging the bond between two warring neighbours.
Girish saab has built this bridge. It is amazing. Because of this bridge we are connected. It has become people’s movement now. The Government did not come forward but we have collected money and built the bridge. This has saved many people in times of crisis, said Vasudev Naik, a boat owner.
He is part of the silent revolution in rural India, many villagers feel.
This marvel man has also built a hanging bridge in Naxal infested area in Andhra Pradesh. He has built several hanging bridges of all lengths and width in Kerala and Karnataka. (ANI)

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