Bridge to connect Pulwama villages to Anantnag highway
Anantnag: More than nine years after its construction was first taken up, the Dogripora-Sangam Bridge in Pulwama district remains far from completion.
According to official records, the construction was taken up in 2008, with an aim to connect several Pulwama villages to Srinagar-Anantnag highway. These villages include Dogripora, Reshipora, Panzgam, Shal-Taken and, Nayina.
The work was taken up by the Jammu and Kashmir Projects Construction Corporation (JKPCC), however, sources said, that the work has been either on halt or going on at snail’s pace all these years.
“As a result the bridge is far from completion and only around 15 to 20 per cent of the work done so far,” sources in Pulwama administration told Kashmir Reader.
The people in these villages continue to suffer, meanwhile.
“We have to travel to Awantipora to reach the National Highway. Even our commutes to Anantnag take us hours as the JKPCC has taken years to complete the bridge,” the locals told Kashmir Reader.
Though the villages fall within the jurisdiction of Pulwama district they are much closer to Anantnag than to the main town Pulwama and the bridge would have greatly helped to improve quality of life in these villages.
“Our woes would be answered if the bridge gets completed. For now we have to travel all the way to Pulwama town for everything, be it health care needs or the other necessities,” the locals lament.
JKPCC however maintains that the work had come to a halt for around seven years soon after it was started in 2008.
“The project had no funds and the work had come to a grinding halt for years,” Deputy General Manager (DGM) Pulwama, Masood Gangoo, told Kashmir Reader.
He said the work was started again last year after around 1.6 Crore rupees were diverted from another project to this one.
“Now, with funds, the work is going on in full swing. It will be completed soon hopefully,” Gangoo said, “A super structure has been completed for the bridge. The work is going on at good pace,”