Baramulla: The commuters on Srinagar-Baramulla highway have been put to ordeal after the collapse of a vital bridge at Hamraynear Pattan. The officials say that the installation of substitute bridge would take at least ten days to restore normal flow of traffic.
Locals said that the main bridge collapsed at Hamray on Sumbal Sonawari road when a loaded Tipper was crossing the bridge. Hundreds of private and passenger vehicles are forced to change their route through Andergam village. However, the alternate route is narrower to carry two-way traffic. The traffic diversion is causing massive traffic jam between Khambyar and Hyderbeigh on Srinagar-Baramulla road.
Gulam Rasool, a local of Hamray said that the iron bridge was installed by the army in early 1990s. The vital bridge connects Baramulla, Sopore and other areas with Sumbal, Sonawari, Hajin, Safapora and villages of Bandipora district.
The people of the area appealed to the authorities to fix the important bridge as soon as possible so that people could return to normal commuting.
Executive engineer Roads and Buildings department Sopore Mohammad Saleem Khan said that the wok on the bridge would be completed within a period of ten days. “We are going to install new iron bridge,” he said.