U`khand horse-mule owners on hunger strike
Gopeshwar: Horse and mule owners, stranded here as roads were washed off during floods in Uttarakhand, have been on a hunger strike for past few days at Joshimath demanding construction of bridge over Alakanda river.
"Over 1000 animals with their 300 caretakers from Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh are stuck here due to the absence of a bridge here, even after a month, they haven`t been rescued", said a member of Zila panchayat in Joshimath.
"Their sit-in will continue till the bridge is not made," he added.
They have been protesting since Sunday last.
The only pedestrian bridge between Govindghat and Hemkund over Alaknanda river in the Chamoli district was washed away in massive floods last month.
The administrative sources claim that the instructions for their rescue have been given to the Public Welfare Department. Some private electricity companies are also being contacted for the rescue help.
Sources said that a temporary bridge will be made very soon.
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