Baramulla: An under-construction bridge in Uri suffered damage when one of its giant iron beams fell down few days ago.
The bridge at Peerniyan area in Uri has been under construction for last nine years, and would connect villages of Bimyar and Pehipora.
According to local residents, the iron beam got detached from the cable holding it and is currently lying in the stream with the workers “clueless about how to pull it back.”
They said the Roads and Buildings department had started construction of the bridge at Peerniyan in 2009 through a local contractor, but a few months later handed over the work to Jammu and Kashmir Project Construction Corporation (JKPCC).
They said the JKPCC was working slowly on the bridge and resumed pace two years back after residents put pressure on officials.
A local resident said that they have been eagerly waiting for the bridge to complete, but when they saw it collapse, their “hopes dashed to ground”.
“The bridge is very important as it was only hope for about 30, 000 people of Pehlipora and Bimyar areas. We can’t understand how corporation will complete it, now that it has collapsed” he said.
Waqar Mustafa, GM JKPCC told Kashmir Reader said the work on the bridge was going on.
“Our men were working there and one of its steel wire cut because of heavy load. Later we put down the whole portion and we will lift it through machines and will complete the bridge by December” Mustafa said.
Asked about the damage to iron tower holding the steel cable, which the locals said was also damaged, Mustafa said he was unaware about it.