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13 years on, Vital bridge in Srinagar outskirts awaits completion

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Srinagar: Even after passage of around 13 years a vital bridge in Srinagar outskirts is awaiting completion after it was sanctioned for the area.
A 120 meter long vital bridge in Pandrethan area of Srinagar was sanctioned in 2009 and handed over to JKPCC. The work on the bridge was started in 2012.
“The bridge is aimed to connect Lasjan Soibugh and its adjacent areas to the old national highway besides providing an easy alternative to Pampore residents to reach Pulwama,” an official said.
Meanwhile, the locals from Lasjan said that no work has been done on the bridge for the last many years and the bridge is nowhere near completion.
“If this bridge gets completed it will give easy access to thousands of residents to reach the old national highway and save their time and money,” said Mehraj Ahmad, a resident of Padshahi Bagh Srinagar.
He said that people of the area have no option other than to take long routes in order to reach Srinagar and other parts in absence of this bridge.
Locals said that in case of emergencies, they suffer more as they have to take long routes and this bridge will help in taking patients to the hospital on time.
“Around 75 percent work has been already done on the bridge but due to unknown reasons the project has been left abandoned now,” the locals said.
They said that this issue has been brought in notice of higher ups time and again but the situation on ground has not changed at all.
The residents urged the higher ups to look into the matter at an earliest and complete this bridge so that they can heave a sigh of relief.

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Jahangeer Ganaie is a reporter and covers regional news and can be contacted [email protected]

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