Ten long years have already passed since the construction work on Mahrajpora-Sopore Bridge in north Kashmir’s Sopore Town started but little headway has been made since then towards its completion.
According to locals, the foundation stone of the Bridge project was laid by former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on December 02, 2013, which is 205 meters long built on 4 pillars with 9 piles has an estimated cost of 16 crores.
Ajaz Ahamd Dar, a resident of Tarzoo said that the work on the bridge was started around a decade ago since then only pillars have been raised halfway.
“Once the bridge is complete it will connect many villages including Tarzoo, Panjipora, Hygam, and people can travel directly to District Bandipora, which can benefit the tourism,” said Aijaz Ahmad, a social activist.
The bridge is being constructed by the Jammu and Kashmir Project Construction Corporation (JKPCC). “Recently around eight times, we proposed its tender but there no response of contractors, now we are trying to represent to our Chief Engineer for breaking this project into different tenders by which the construction will begin,” said Masood Ahmad, Deputy General Manager, JKPCC.
Mehraj Khan, a resident of Mehrajpora said that the area is facing problems, especially students and patients of the Mahrajpora as the administration has ignored the importance of this bridge. “The slow pace of the work and dilapidated condition of the roads and surrounding villages itself speaks of the incompetence of the authorities,” he said.
However, Sajad Ahmed, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Sopore said that the project was under the JKPCC, due to paucity of funds, the work has stopped but assured that the work will resume soon on the bridge and people will not suffer in near future.