10 months on, B’la SRTC footbridge yet to be repaired

Baramulla: The SRTC foot-bridge which connects old-town Baramulla with the main market, which was damaged in flash floods last year, is yet to be repaired by the government.
Residents of the town said that after a pillar of the bridge was damaged in September 2014 floods, the roads and buildings (R&B) department blocked the bridge from both sides with tin sheets but did not start repairing the bridge.
Syed Sameer Geelani, a local resident, said that thousands of people including elderly and children were forced to take a detour through other bridges like Khanpora and Cement bridge.
He said that some people were still crossing the river using the edges of the bridge which was very dangerous.
Gulam Hassan, a local shopkeeper, said that the bridge was the main connection between old-town Baramulla with civil lines or main market. “After its damage, common people are facing a lot of problems. The traders running their shops on both the entrances of the bridge were also affected,” Hassan said.
Executive engineer, roads and buildings departments, Shabir Ahmad said that the work on the bridge will be completed soon.
“We are still busy with its drawing work. As it completes, we will start repairing it,” he said.