The bridge that no one owns

The bridge that no one owns

Bridge construction left midway, departments unclear on who owns the project

Bandipora: The construction of a bridge in a Bandipora village has been left midway by its contractor for lack of funds, while the administration is unclear on who owns the project.
The Engineering Wing (REW) of Rural Development Department which initiated the construction now claims the project has been transferred to PMGSY, while the PMGSY says it has no knowledge about it.
Awaiting completion for last seven years, the 13-meter under-construction bridge in the twin villages of Chitteybanday-Aragam has thus been left in limbo.
The contractor alleged that he hasn’t received funds for the completion of the project and that the REW owes him Rs 4.84 lacs for the work done so far.
He said he had to leave the work midway under the circumstances.
According to informed sources, the ReW had released some 16.72 lac rupees for the construction in 2010.
The bridge would benefit surrounding villages of Frasdob, Krisal, Gorihajin, Budinaar and Chanpal. As the residents raised eyebrows over the dumped construction, the ReW simply disowned the project.
An official of REW said that the construction was handed over to PMGSY which was now responsible for its construction and compilation. However, The PMGSY officials say the project was never handed over to them.
District Development Commissioner Sajjad Hussain Ganie told Kashmir Reader that he has sent a team to the spot to investigate the matter and find out a solution on “how the project could be funded and completed”.
He added that the claims of ReW were found false in the initial investigation, and the department still owns the project. He said further investigation was on and action would follow accordingly.

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