Mehjoor bridge dilapidated

Commuters suffer, R &B deptt in slumber

Srinagar, Jan 17: Commuters traveling through decades old Mehboob bridge over flood channel here have expressed concern over its dilapidated condition.
Mehjoor bridge connects many uptown areas including Mehjoor Nagar, Lasjan, Soiteng Natipora, Bypass and Nowgam. The locals said wooden bridge was constructed many decades ago and in 1990 it was set ablaze.
“Authorities undertook minor repairs of the bridge in 1990 and placed barriers to restrict movement of heavy vehicles over it. The barriers have been removed and due to heavy movement of heavy vehicles, the bridge has developed cracks at many places. Even when light motor vehicles pass through the bridge it vibrates,” the commuters said.
“The bridge has outlived its utility. It poses risk to hundreds of commuters and motorists who daily pass over it. We make a fervent appeal to the concerned authorities to undertake its immediate repairs to prevent any eventuality,” they said.
When contacted Chief Engineer Roads and Buildings department Mushtaq Ahmad Lone said there is immediate plan to undertake repairs of the bridge.
“We will place barriers on the bridge to prevent movement of heavy motor vehicles. Presently we don’t have any plan to repair or reconstruct the bridge,” the CE said.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 17 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 17 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 18 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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