Commuters suffer, as work on Larkipora bridge moves at snail’s pace

Commuters suffer, as work on Larkipora bridge moves at snail’s pace
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Dooru: Thousands of commuters from Dooru, Verinag and other parts of Anantnag district have been facing severe inconvenience in wake of a single lane bridge at Larkipora, causing frequent traffic snarls.
Though a new bridge, over Nallah Brengi, is under construction, but the delay in work on the bridge has left the locals fuming.
For years now, every vehicle moving towards Dooru or Verinag has to stop at the bridge for a considerable amount of time, to make way for the vehicles from other side to pass through first.
“This has been going on for years and every day, huge traffic jams are caused because of this,” Ghulam Muhammad Lone, a local from Dooru area told Kashmir Reader.
He said that after much ado the government sanctioned a new, two lane, bridge, to be constructed at a cost of 8.5 Crore rupees for Larkipora under the Central Road Fund (CRF).
But, the residents allege, that the work on the bridge has been moving at a snail’s pace and the commuters continue to suffer.
The work, as per sources in the local Revenue office, was started more than two years back on the new bridge.
“The work is moving on slowly to be honest,” sources said.
Locals said that the cause of the delay has been the contractor sub-letting the work to some local small time contractors.
“They have been causing the delay because the project is now in many hands. We have time and again raised this issue but nobody seems to be bothered about this,” the locals alleged.
Executive Engineer of the R&B in Qazigund, Basharat Jaleel, however maintained that the project will be completed well within time.
“It will be complete in 6 to 7 months, which will be well ahead of the scheduled time. The base has been completed and the steel has been ordered from outside,” Jaleel said.
He said that the assembling work will be conducted soon after the steel is received.
Jaleel also refuted the claims that the work on the bridge was being sublet.