Ganderbal: The residents of Ganderbal district are up in arms against the administration for not constructing a concrete bridge over Nallah Sindh at Wayil in place of the temporary steel bridge, which was installed over two decades ago.
“The bridge, which connects Srinagar with Leh, got damaged due to floods some 22 years ago. The old bridge was wooden and was about 40-years-old,” the residents said.
They said Border Road origination (BRO) had constructed a temporary steel bridge in 1993. “Since then the administration seems non-serious about it as our frequent representations and requests fall on deaf ears.”
The locals have appealed the authorities to address their long pending demand.
“The bridge is so narrow that even a pedestrian has to go back half way if a heavy vehicle is crossing it,” said a local.
When contacted, executive engineer R&B Ganderbal, Showket Ahmad said: “There is proposal for construction of a new two-lane bridge at Wayil and that will cost around Rs 15 crore. We are waiting for the approval from higher authorities.”