Delay in bridge spanning Sukhnag stream prolonging woes of 40 villages

Delay in bridge spanning Sukhnag stream prolonging woes of 40 villages

BUDGAM: The inordinate delay in completion of a vital bridge in Beerwah area here is prolonging the miseries of residents of more than 40 villages.
Work on the Sail-Rawathpora bridge over Sukhnag stream was started in 2012 at a project cost of over 6.25 crore, but eight years on, the bridge is nowhere near completion.
Aijaz Ahmad, a resident of Sail village said that the population of nearly 40 villages was directly dependent on the bridge. The bridge, is also a main connection between assembly segments of Beerwah and Khansahib, he said.
Kashmir Reader had highlighted the plight of residents, due to the delay on bridge work, last year, in June and December.
Aijaz said that for lack of bridge, the farming land of Sail village remains mostly cut off for around three months leading to decline in agricultural production.
Another resident said that lack of bridge not only affects the economy and agriculture but also impacts the students, who fail to reach schools at Beerwah, Budgam, Arizal, Sail in time.
“The students of countryside risk their lives and cross a fast flowing water stream to reach their schools” he said.
Students, Khan said, travel miles on foot to reach to their destinations and when it rains they prefer to stay indoors. If they venture out to cross the roaring stream, they end up hurting themselves.
The sick, elderly, and expecting women have to face the brunt too.
“Patients from villages like Rawathpora, Khawajgund, Kanchitpora, Khanpora, Batihpora and others remain unattended and fail to visit the district and sub-district hospital,” Aijaz added. “Once constructed the bridge would be the shortest way for as many as 50 villages to reach the district headquarter at Budgam.”
The bridge is also seen as vital for shepherds visiting Tosamaidan with their livestock.
Locals appealed Governor J&K, Satya Paul Malik and Deputy Commissioner, Budgam to put concerned authorities to task.
General Manager, JKPCC, Harkewal Singh, told Kashmir Reader the work was facing funding problems.
“We have taken all the languishing projects including this one for execution under Jammu and Kashmir Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation Limited (JKIDFC),” he said.
Few of them, he added, “have been approved under languishing projects, however, I am not sure about this particular project whether it has been approved or not”.