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Eight years on, vital bridge in Pulwama awaits completion

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Pulwama: Reflecting the poor performance of the concerned department, a vital bridge on Romshi rivulet in Rohmoo village of Pulwama district is awaiting completion despite the passage of eight years.

Locals said the bridge was washed out during 2014 floods following which the people of the area have been subjected to various hardships.

“The authorities have failed to complete this bridge,” a local said.

The bridge at Rohmoo is being constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 21.5 crore.

Khursheed Ahmad, a local resident said the bridge connects Pulwama district with neighbouring Budgam district and is of vital importance.

“Several bridges which were approved after 2014 have been completed but this bridge has been left incomplete due to unknown reasons,” Ahmad said.

Another resident said this bridge is funded by the World Bank and was taken up by JKPCC six years ago.

“The work on the bridge was started immediately after it was approved by the government. But the work is going at snail’s pace which has left the people high and dry,” the local said.

He said that work on the bridge should be expedited and completed as early as possible.

The residents said they have knocked on the doors of every authority but only received verbal assurances from the officials.

The residents urged the concerned authorities to look into the matter and complete the project as early as possible.

An official of JKPCC said there was a delay in release of funds from the World Bank due to which the completion of the bridge was delayed.

“The bridge will be completed very soon,” he said.

Jahangeer Ganaie

Jahangeer Ganaie is a reporter and covers regional news and can be contacted ganaie@kashmirvision.in

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