Closure of Sopore’s Bypass bridge brings misery to people

SOPORE: The closure of Bypass Bridge in Sopore has hit the normal life in this north Kashmir town as people are bewildered over the sudden closure just months after the vital bridge was inaugurated by the Chief Minister.
The Border Roads Organisation’s Project Beacon has declared closure of the bridge from February 27 to March 10 in view of conducting “road test”. The bridge took 23 years for completion and was finally inaugurated by the then Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in August of 2015.
However, six months after the inauguration, the sudden closure of Bypass Bridge has raised many doubts in the minds of common people.
Abdul Rashid Badshah, a local resident told Kashmir Reader that the sudden closure of bridge was intriguing. “The traffic was plying normally. Suddenly, the
BEACON authorities have appeared to do some testing. If road test was pending, how was it allowed to be open for six months”, he asked.
The closure of the Bridge has resulted massive traffic jams in Sopore town which has become a major concern. Even the police and local administration have failed to control the unending traffic jams. The increase in day to day traffic jams has made the life of Sopore people difficult.
Locals say that travelling in Sopore has become nightmarish. “It takes hours to cover a diustance in a car which can be travelled in minutes by foot”, another local resident said.
Chief Engineer, Beacon Brigadier A K Das told Kashmir Reader that the bridge has been closed in view of road test and it will take just a couple of days.
“Generally we do road test before inaugurating the bridge but in this case the bridge had already missed so many of deadlines and we had a lot of pressure from the higher authorities to throw it open for traffic”, he said.