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Vital bridge in Kulgam completed, Inauguration soon: Official

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Kulgam: In a significant development, a vital bridge connecting dozens of villages of Kulgam with DH Pora sub division has been completed after eight years.

An official said the bridge will be thrown open for traffic in coming days.

The residents of Adijan and its adjacent areas in DH Pora Kulgam said that a bridge over rivulet was washed away during 2014 floods and a new bridge was approved for the area.

“The work started on the bridge remained suspended for months together due to which its completion took almost eight years,” the residents said.

Mujtaba Ahmad a local resident said that a diversion road was constructed in the rivulet for temporary connection between two people of two sides which however gets washed away at the time of incessant rains.

“Whenever the water level increases in the rivulet the road remains cut off for weeks together,” he said.

He said the width of the diversion is narrow and only a single vehicle can cross at a time resulting in traffic jams at the spot.

“With the completion of this bridge, people of around 100 villages will get a sigh of relief,” Shakeel Ahmad, another local said.

He said that people of both sides were forced to use longer routes in absence of a bridge which takes them more time and money as well.

Locals said that this bridge will provide the shortest path to hundreds of villages in Noorabad hamlet to get connected with  district headquarters.

The locals hailed the DC Kulgam for his personal intervention and efforts to get this bridge completed.

They thanked DC Kulgam, officials of R&B for completing the bridge

Meanwhile an official said that the bridge with length of 300 metre was completed at an cost of around Rs 20 crore.

He said that the bridge will be used for movement of Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs) in case of emergencies while the heavy Motor Vehicles (HMV) cannot be allowed to pass through it as of now.

He added that the bridge will be thrown open to the public very soon.

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