September 20, 2017
Besham, September 20, 2017: The inauguration ceremony was held at the site of Kund Banna Bridge on Indus River in Besham, KP Province in Pakistan which was reconstructed with support of Japan. Senior Representative of JICA Pakistan office, Ms. Yamaguchi was the Chief Guest of the ceremony.
Project Director, Deputy Project Director, officials from Communication and Works Department and officials from the local government were also present on the occasion. Deputy Commissioner of Besham was also present in the ceremony. In his brief speech, he appreciated Government of Japan support towards flood affected areas in KP. He further said that "the life of local people was miserable here as without bridge, there was no connectivity and there was no other mean of transport except to use cable tray (manually operated). Children used to go to school by the cable tray and it was very difficult to take the patient to the hospital. Thanks to Japan's support for the bridge which is reinforced and built at higher position than before, the life of local people will be stable from now on."
That bridge was washed away in 2010 flood and there was no means of transport to cross the bridge except a cable tray. Local people said "around 1.000 people live on both sides, but only 5 people could use this cable tray at a time. Now due to reconstruction of this bridge, we could now go for shopping and commute to hospital easily."
Ms. Yamaguchi stated in her speech that Japan has provided JDR (Japan Disaster Relief) teams to this area in 2005 earthquake as well. Japan has extended its assistance to this province 14.7billion Japanese yen for reconstruction of disaster roads and bridges in response to 2010 flood. Project Director, CWD was grateful to the Japanese Government to assist in reconstruction of flood hit roads and bridges in KP.
The Bridge was broken down (2010)
People can transport safety without Cable Tray (2017)
JDR rescue team's activity (2005)