Bridge construction left midway at Bag-e-Mehtab

Bridge construction left midway at Bag-e-Mehtab
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Junaid Manzoor

Srinagar: A new bailey bridge has been put up on Doodganga connecting Bagh-e-Mehtab with Rawalpora, while as fund crunch has brought construction of adjacent bridge to standstill.
Local residents, however, demand immediate completion of the bridge, which has been left midway.
The bridge construction had picked pace after the floods in 2014 damaged a bailey bridge that had been put up at the site to ferry material for railways construction.
The new steel girder bridge spanning over 35 meters has been left midway with officials saying they do not have enough funds to complete the project.
Chief engineer R&B Abdul Hamid told Kashmir Reader that they lacked resources to complete the project.
“The inconvenience faced by the people is highly regretted and we will try to live up to their expectations and make maximum out of the funds we receive”.
“The bridge will take about four months to complete with an estimated cost of Rs 4 crore and we will try to complete it within the stipulated time,” he added.
Executive Engineer Chadoora, Mufti Imran said, “We didn’t have the permission to go with the construction plus there was shortage of funds. Now that the funds have been released, we have started the work, and it would be completed in 3 to 4 months”.