Even base not ready of Shopian bridge launched in 2016

SHOPIAN: The snail’s pace of work on a vital bridge in Shopian is puncturing tall claims of officials who had said that the bridge will be completed by end of 2019.
The bridge at Trenz village was started being built in 2016 after huge demonstrations from the public. According to official data, this 300-meter-long bridge is being constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 31.5 crore. Its foundation stone was laid by former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti.
An official said that the bridge is being funded by the World Bank.
This road bridge, when completed, would be the shortest link between Shopian and Pulwama. Locals rue that even the base of the bridge has not been built yet.
“Even a couple of taxi stands have wound up business due to the lack of the bridge and the bumpy road stretch that is the alternative,” said Sehran Mushtaq, a school student in Pulwama.
Locals informed that the bridge would also serve as the shortest link for the dozens of villages in Kulgam district with Pulwama.
Local residents said that in the past many accidents took place on the makeshift bridges and diversions. They added that students, office goers, and orchardists face the most inconvenience while travelling due to the lack of a bridge on the rivulet.
General Manager of Jammu and Kashmir Projects Construction Corporation (JKPCC), Masood Ahmad Wangoo, said that work on the bridge is going on and by April the base will be ready. “We have to bring some material from Jammu and we will try our best to finish work by the end of this year,” he said.

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