SRINAGAR: Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayed on Monday inaugurated the 216-metre bypass bridge in Sopore town, whose construction was started 23 years ago.
A government spokesman said that the construction of the bridge missed several deadlines for the past more than two decades.
He said that the Chief Minister had given his word to the people during his visit to the town on July 23 that the bridge would be constructed soon.
“I had given my word last month and today I have fulfilled my promise,” the Chief Minister said, while addressing a huge gathering of people.
Reiterating his commitment to improve connectivity to annihilate distances, Sayed said the opening of the Sopore Bypass Bridge comes as a major relief to the people as it will de-congest the main Sopore town and rid it from frequent traffic jams.
“The bridge will facilitate movement of heavy vehicles away from the town and connect Sopore outskirts with Kupwara and Baramulla in north Kashmir,” he said.
Sayed said he wanted to see Sopore as a premier fruit marketing hub for which it needs better roads and a fully-equipped fruit mandi.
He said his government has already started working on it in a mission mode.
Referring to the initiatives he took during his previous tenure as Chief Minister to strengthen the cross-LoC travel and trade, Sayed said he favours hassle-free trade and to-and-fro movement of people, in particular cultural troupes, students, pilgrims and tourists across the LoC.
“The opening of the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad Road was an invitation to the people from across the LoC to see infrastructure development in the state,” he said.
Describing Sopore as a historic town, the Chief Minister said the place is bestowed with great intellectual and entrepreneurial potential, which remained subdued over the last two decades.
“The town has had an important place in the socio-cultural milieu of the valley and elders would still remember it being called as the Chota London of Kashmir,” he said.
Sayed said the present Government has taken several steps in improving and expanding facilities at Salamabad and established a Single Window Clearance system for efficient regulatory mechanism.
He said the Government will also expedite four-lanning of the Srinagar-Uri Highway.
“I shall be visiting Salamabad shortly to take stock of the facilities being extended for smooth conduct of trade and travel,” he said.