Baramulla: Local residents and traders in Old Town, Baramulla, staged a protest and shut down all businesses on Tuesday against the delay in the construction of a State Road Transport Corpration (SRTC) bridge, meant to come up in the area.
Sources said that a large number of people from different localities hit the streets on Tuesday under the banner of the Traders Union Old Town and staged a protest against the government for failing to construct the bridge for the past five years after the earlier bridge was damaged in the 2014 flash floods.
Shouting slogans against the government and the Baramulla district administration, protestors marched through lanes of the town, alleging that the construction of the SRTC bridge was started three years ago after much public protest, but the concerned agencies had failed to complete it.
President, Traders Federation Abdul Hamid Gojri said that the bridge was the main connection between Old Town and Civil Lines Baramulla and was used by thousands of people to cross the river.
However, he added, after it was damaged in the 2014 floods, people from both sides of the river are suffering. He said that work had been completely stopped on the bridge for the past few months by the concerned agencis and that the district administration is sleeping in response.
General Secretary, Traders Federation, Ishfaq Nabi said that the authorities had never turned a single stone for the construction of the SRTC bridge, which was damaged five years ago.
“After that, the government woke up and started construction on it afresh, but we don’t understand why the government is now delaying, why they are not forcing concern contractors to complete the bridge on a priority basis.”