Former minister and MLA Amira kadal Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari on Thursday visited Mehjoor Nagar to take stock of ongoing work on alternate bridge (Bailey bridge) parallel to existing bridge there.
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Farooq Ahmad Lone, Chief Engineer R&B, officers of ERA and R&B, besides officers from Police and other concerned departments accompanied the former minster.
The MLA Amira Kadal directed R&B officers to expedite pace of work on the project for convenience of general public. Bukhari said the people are facing immense hardships on account of unavailability of a motorable bridge connecting Mehjoor Nagar with its adjoining areas and asked the officers to try to complete the work on the project before the deadline.
He said that since the old bridge was recently declared unsafe for transport and public movement, installation of a Bailey bridge on the same location will surely mitigate the sufferings of people.
On the occasion, the officers of the R&B assured the MLA Amira Kadal that work on the bridge will be completed by the end of this month. He said through this Bailey bridge not only the traffic congestion and frequent snarls will be reduced but people and commuters particularly residing in Natipora, Mehjoor Nagar and other adjoining will be benefited to a large extent. The officers also informed Bukhari that the work on the main bridge is apace and the project is likely to be completed in May. Bukhari asked the officers of R&B and ERA to put in their best efforts to complete both the projects before the scheduled timeframes.
“Keeping in view the miseries and sufferings caused to the people on account of these incomplete bridges, the priority of the officers should be to identify themselves with the common masses and work on these projects accordingly,” he observed.
Meanwhile, Bukhari visited Mehjoor Nagar to meet the fire affected family that lost one of its members in a devastating blaze on Tuesday.
Expressing shock and grief on the demise of Roshni Kour daughter of Sardar Darshan Singh, a young girl, who died in the fire incident, Bukhari extended heartfelt condolences and solidarity with her bereaved family.
“I stand in solidarity with your entire family in this hour of grief,” Bukhari said while praying for an eternal peace to the departed soul.
Bukhari assured all possible help to the fire hit family in its immediate rehabilitation. Deputy Commissioner Srinagar and other officers accompanied Bukhari during his visit.
The former minister asked the Deputy Commissioner Srinagar to explore all possibilities of establishing a permanent fire extinguishing station at Mehjoor Nagar and till then a fire tender be stationed in the locality to prevent any eventuality of such mishaps in future.