Work on vital bridge in Sopore going at snail’s pace

Work on vital bridge in Sopore going at snail’s pace

Official says funds unavailable

SRINAGAR: Three years after its foundation stone was laid in December 2013, there seems to be no progress on the construction of bridge in Sopore that connects Sheer colony to Maharajpur.
Looking at the pace of work on the 205 meter long bridge, the local residents fear the project may meet the fate of the bypass bridge which took more than twenty years to complete.
“I have knocked every door, from DC to the minister’s office, we even protested and raised the issue in front of SDM but nothing seems working,” Abdul Hameed, mohalla president of Sheer Colony locality said.
“They stopped the work altogether after floods then resumed it on occasionally. Now the situation has reached to this level that only around five labourers are working without machines,” he said
A supervisor of the workmen at the site acknowledged that the pace of work was slow on the bridge that will connect Srinagar-Baramulla highway with Bandipora district.
“We don’t have proper machinery and the strength of labourers, only ten labourers are available to us, what will we do when we don’t have proper support,” the supervisor said.
Deputy General Manager, Baramulla for JKPCC, Ishtiyaq Ahmad Malik, told Kashmir Reader that the work was slow due to non-availability of funds
“Once the funds are released the work will restart,” Malik said adding that only 3.25 has been provided to the corporation out of the project cost of 13.68 crore.
Works minister Naeem Akhtar did not respond to a request for information about the project.

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