Would be completed by September, say officials
Mohammad Imran Naikoo
Srinagar: Residents and commuters are resenting the delay in completion of a second tube for Noor Jahan Bridge at Qamarwari here, which has missed several deadlines so far.
The old bridge at the spot is known to witness chronic traffic jam, along with the Qamarwari chowk making it a commuters’ nightmare.
The second bridge/tube along with road widening at Qamarwai is expected to relieve the traffic chaos at the important junction, but the delay in completion has left the commuters fuming.
“We are facing immense hardships as the area witnesses frequent traffic jams,”said Javaid Ahmad, a local resident.
Danish Manzoor Mir, a resident of Baramulla said that were carrying a patient to SKIMS when they got stuck in the jam at Qamarwari.
“We were travelling from Baramulla to SKIMS Soura with a patient in our car. There was a huge traffic jam at Qamarwari, and we were stuck for more than an hour. If this bridge is built quickly problems of people can be solved,” Danish said.
The construction for the 127-metre-long bridge was started in June 2011 at an estimated cost of Rs 9.85 crore with a deadline set for June 2014. Later Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti promised the bridge would be thrown open by March 2017. The deadline was later extended to December 2017, which was missed again.
Assistant Executive Engineer, Road & Buildings (R&B), Division Srinagar Reyaz Ahmad Parray told Kashmir Reader that the work on the bridge was delayed largely by the 2016 uprising. Apart from that, he said, land acquisition issues and shifting of a local Masjid were the reasons behind the delay.
“But this issue have been settled now. At this time work is the intensified and hopefully I assure you that this bridge will be completed by September 2018,” Parray said.
He said the government has released funds for the work “that could resolve our problem”.
R&B Minister Nayeem Akthar could not be reached for a comment despite repeated efforts.