Work on vital bridge linking Kulgam, Shopian villages languishing since 2012

Work on vital bridge linking Kulgam, Shopian villages languishing since 2012
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SHOPIAN: Work on a 360-meter bridge coming up on Veshaw rivulet near Reshnagri village in Shopain district the state.
“Two government have gone but completion of the bridge remained distant dream for us,” Abdul Khaliq Bhat, a local resident said.
The bridge is vital for several villages across the districts of Shopain and Kulgam like Reshnagri, Jamnagri, Narwav, Shamsipora, Dangeepora, Amshipora of district Shopian and Tangmarg, Manzgam, Wathoo, Nasnoori, Batpora, Aharbal villages of district Kulgam. A major link for inter district connectivity, it is also a link to the tourist resort Aharbal.
For now, residents have to use diversions placed in the rivulet. Residents of Reshnagri said the diversions-built on cement pipes to let water pass- become dangerous during rains and flash floods.
“There is heavy flow of water and it becomes impossible for people to cross the dangerous diversions during flash floods and heavy rains,” Umar Ahmad, a local resident said.
He added that people want speedy completion of bridge so that people from both the districts do not face problems.
Officials from Roads and Buildings department told Kashmir Reader that in 2011 the bridge was sanctioned by then chief minister Omar Abdullah as a two-span bridge but the 2014 floods washed away a large area around the bridge forcing the government to increase its planned length from 60 meters to 360 meters.
“Besides this the old bridge was single lane which now has been made double lane. The sanctioned cost of bridge is 16.5 crores, however, the revised cost is 24 crore but the amount has not been sanctioned yet by the government,” Executive Engineer Roads and Buildings Shopian Abdul Kirmani said.
Officials added that the bridge was earlier brought under state sector but due to the lack of funds it was then put under NABARD.
“We are hopeful that by the end of this year the bridge would be completed as work on it is going with full swing,” another official from the department said.