VillageTech Solutions (VTS)

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Survey team crosses the Dordi River

Survey team crosses the Dordi River
The survey party arrives at the site for Bridge 36 at Maruwa Gairi in the low water season. Thousands of school children risk daily crossings such as this, not knowing if the river will rise during the day because of rains. (view small | med | large | orig)

Site for bridge #36 on Dordi River

Site for bridge #36 on Dordi River
This wild location will serve as the crossing point for 60-65 students and about the same number of adults each day. (view small | med | large | orig)

Bystanders lend an assist to passengers

Bystanders lend an assist to passengers
Communities that have a sense of cooperation do well with the WireBridge. Travellers waiting on either side can pull the rope to hasten the trip of the passengers, helping themselves to shorten the queue as well. Here VillageSolutions' three supervisors Balaram, Prem and Gun show how it is done. (view small | med | large | orig)

The final bolts secure the carriage

The final bolts secure the carriage
VillageSolutions' Prem Gurung puts the final touches on the Sukaura WireBridge. Ten high-tensile bolts provide flexibility to the support structure and spread the load evenly across the wires. After the nuts are installed, the threads are damaged so that they won't come off from vibration or vandalism. (view small | med | large | orig)

Villagers carry assembled chair to platform

Villagers carry assembled chair to platform
The carriage is assembled on site. Two chairs are bolted together, and hang from the "Nag" (serpent) bar. The goddess of the river, the Nag is psychological insurance. The curved bars allow a narrow passage for feet, but securely hold small passengers. The roof is not for sun and rain, but rather keeps fingers away from the trolleys. (view small | med | large | orig)
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