The construction of vital Dogripora bridge in Awantipora area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama has been going on for the past ten years, but the tortoise-ic pace of the work has kept the bride distant from completion.
Sources told The Kashmiriyat that only less than 50 per cent work has been completed in the last ten years.
The bridge is the only medium of connectivity to more than ten villages to the national highway connecting Srinagar and Jammu.
Locals speaking to The Kashmiriyat said that in 2008 Ghulam Nabi Azad laid the foundation of the bridge and the work was started soon but with the fall of the coalition Government, the work on the bridge was stopped.
“There was no major work done on the bridge till 2014 and the work was only started by PDP-BJP Government but with a snails speed,” Ghulam Hassan, a resident of Dogripora told The Kashmiriyat.
When The Kashmiriyat contacted the concerned authorities they said that all the funds for the said bridge have been released and the work on the bridge is going on.
The Deputy Commissioner of Pulwama has reportedly asked the contractor to finish work as soon as possible.
The Kashmiriyat was informed by reliable Sources that it will take at least two more years to complete the bridge.
Meanwhile the residents of more than five villages have sent a written letter to the Adviser to Governor of Jammu Kashmir.
In the letter the people have asked the Governor to issue direction to concerned quarters to expedite the work on this bridge.
Author: Skinder Gul
Skinder Reports for The Kashmiriyat from District Pulwama