SRINAGAR, Jan 20: The construction of vital Dogripora bridge in Awantipora area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district has been going on for the last ten years but is yet to get completed.
Locals told that only less than 50 per cent work has been completed in the last ten years.
The bridge is the only means of connectivity to more than ten villages to the national highway connecting Srinagar and Jammu.
Locals speaking to Kashmir Despatch 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 then 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 Asad, a resident of Dogripora told Kashmir Despatch.
When Kashmir Despatch 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.
Kashmir Despatch 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 requested Adviser to Governor of Jammu Kashmir to take cognizance of the delay caused in the completion of the work and look into matter on priority.