Minister for Finance, Dr Haseeb Drabu and MLA Pulwama, Muhammad Khalid Band were present on the occasion.
Besides laying foundation of 20-meter long girder bridge at Rangmulla on Pulwama-Tahab road coming up at a cost of Rs 2.43 crore, the Minister also initiated Machpona bridge costing Rs 1.96 crore.
The Minister said that Government has taken an initiative to reconstruct the basic infrastructure, particularly roads and bridges, damaged in the last year's floods. He said the priority of the Government is to restore the damaged road communication, adding that a massive reconstruction plan of roads and bridges started across the State will be completed within one year.
Regarding payment of contractor bills, Bukhari said that genuine claims would be settled shortly.
Dr Drabu on the occasion said that last year's floods caused major devastation to basic facilities in Pulwama district in which about 13 bridges were damaged, some of them completely washed away. He said the restoration of road communication, including construction of bridges, will improve the road connectivity across the State. "There is no scarcity of funds required for the purpose," said the Minister, adding that all roads will be resorted in a time bound manner.
MLA Pulwama said with repairs of damaged roads in the district, other roads also need to be up-graded and macadamized for convenience of general public.
Deputy Commissioner Pulwama, Chief Engineer R&B besides other senior officers of R&B and district administration were present on the occasion.