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Nine years on, vital bridge in Pulwama awaits completion

Nine years on, vital bridge in Pulwama awaits completion
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Pulwama: Even after a lapse of nine years, a vital bridge on Romshi rivulet in Rohmoo village of Pulwama district is awaiting completion, locals have alleged.

They said that the bridge was washed out during 2014 floods and since then people of the area have been facing hardships as authorities failed to complete the bridge since then.

Qayoom Khan, a local social activist said that the bridge connects Pulwama district with neighbouring Budgam district and is of vital importance but most of the time the work on the bridge remains on halt.

He said that many bridges which were approved after 2014 have been completed but this bridge has been left incomplete due to unknown reasons

Mudasir Ahmad, a local resident said that the construction of the bridge is funded by World Bank and was taken up by JKPCC nine years back.

“Work was started accordingly, however, the executing agency is yet to complete it due to which locals continue to face difficulties,” Ahmad added.

He said that the bridge connects Pulwama with Budgam district and work on the bridge is going on at snail’s pace and is no way heading for completion.

Locals said that whenever they take up issue with higher ups or highlight it through media, work on the bridge is started again for few days and then again put on halt.

They said that work on the bridge should be speeded up and it should be completed at an earliest.

They said that they have knocked doors of every authority but except assurances they have got nothing.

The locals once again requested the concerned authorities to look into the matter and complete the project at an earliest so that locals can heave a sigh of relief.

Pertinently, the bridge at Rohmoo is being constructed at an estimated cost of 21.5 crore.

Meanwhile, an official of JKPCC said that release of funds from World Bank took too much of time due to which the deadline for completion of the project got delayed.

He said that work on the bridge has been started again and it is near completion.

Jahangeer Ganaie

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

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