Hundreds of Gujjars rendered homeless in Jammu floods

Greater Kashmir
Publish Date: Sep 15 2014 12:27PM | Updated Date: Oct 10 2014 1:30PM
Hundreds of Gujjars rendered homeless in Jammu floods

The Gujjar population staying on the banks of the Tawi have demanded a high-level inquiry into the construction of the fourth bridge, which had been damaged in the floods on September 6.

They alleged that substandard material was used in the construction of the bridge. Dozens of houses in the Tawi riverbed had been washed away following damage of the bridge.

Hundreds of Gujjars living on the banks of the Tawi near the bridge claimed that they had lost their houses because of damage to the bridge. They were now staying in tents provided by the Army. The Army was providing them food as well.

Rehmat Ali, a dairy farmer, has lost his double-storey house in the floods. “The engineers who constructed the bridge should be punished. We have lost our houses because of poor quality of the bridge,” he said.

“Water entered our houses at the time of floods, but could not damage the structures. Those were damaged due to the bridge,” he added.

A portion of the bridge on the Tawi connecting Bhagwati Nagar and Belicharana was washed away.

At a press conference in Jammu the same day, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said, “The bridge was damaged due to soil erosion on the banks of the river. There is no need for an inquiry.”

Mohammad Farooq Malik of Belichcrana said, “This bridge is an example of corruption prevailing in the government. It was constructed when the Roads and Buildings Ministry was with the Chief Minister.”

He had lost his double-storey house and three heads of cattle. He alleged that corrupt engineers had used substandard material to construct the bridge.

“A high-level inquiry should be conducted to find out the reason for the damage. If other bridges are safe, why has the newly constructed bridge been damaged?” he asked.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah inaugurated the bridge on May 26 last year. It had been built at a cost of Rs 89.05 crore. 

Latest News

  1. 8:18PM
  2. Mirwaiz arrested to foil his telephonic address on ‘Jamia siege’ anniversary
  1. 7:43PM
  2. Targeting of religious places in Kashmir a state policy, says Mirwaiz
  1. 6:48PM
  2. Army man injured in gunfight near LoC in north Kashmir
  1. 6:33PM
  2. JKPCC welcomes Rajnath's remark on pellet guns alternative
  1. 6:32PM
  2. Rajnath's visit a tactic to hoodwink Int’l Community: Aasiya
  1. 6:24PM
  2. Situation remained under control: Police
  1. 6:18PM
  2. Zulfkar for maintaining adequate stock of essentials in Kashmir
  1. 6:09PM
  2. Bali seeks early release of funds from Centre
  1. 5:25PM
  2. India talks tough with Pak, says willing to discuss 'terror'
  1. 5:13PM
  2. Italy quake death toll rises to 247
  1. 5:01PM
  2. IUST extends fee deposition date
  1. 4:49PM
  2. Government should act on its words on Kashmir, says Congress
  1. 4:27PM
  2. Rajnath’s Kashmir visit a futile exercise: Jamat-e-Islami
  1. 4:11PM
  2. Forces barge into homes in Prichoo, beat up inmates
  1. 4:04PM
  2. Legislator Rashid discusses plebiscite with Rajnath Singh
  1. 3:44PM
  2. Pakistan pushes for NSG membership at UN
  1. 1:48PM
  2. Youth hit by teargas shell in Bandipora
  1. 1:45PM
  2. Those killed in Kashmir hadn't gone to buy milk, toffee: Mehbooba
  1. 1:15PM
  2. Nodal agency to help Kashmiri youth across India: Rajnath Singh
  1. 1:02PM
  2. 95 percent want peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue: Mehbooba
  1. 1:00PM
  2. Rajnath appeals: don’t play with future of Kashmiri youth
  1. 12:45PM
  2. Will send an all-party delegation to Kashmir: Rajnath Singh
  1. 12:36PM
  2. Alternative to pellet guns soon, says Rajnath Singh
  1. 12:25PM
  2. Mehbooba, Rajnath address joint press conference in Srinagar
  1. 12:07PM
  2. Rajnath meets Mehbooba to discuss security situation
  1. 10:57AM
  2. 12 killed in American University attack in Kabul
  1. 10:52AM
  2. Curfew, restrictions continue for 48th day in Kashmir