Govt yet to restore Uri bridge damaged in 2005 earthquake

The historic Nand Singh (NS) bridge in north Kashmir’s Uri town awaits restoration since 2005 when it was damaged in the 7.4 magnitude earthquake.

The historic Nand Singh (NS) bridge in north Kashmir's Uri town awaits restoration since 2005 when it was damaged in the 7.4 magnitude earthquake. 

The bridge is located on Haji Peer nallah and connected more than 35 villages with the Tehsil headquarter in Uri.

According to locals, the construction work on the damaged bridge was taken up by the Beacon, but the contractor who was allotted the work abandoned it abruptly.

"The construction work on the bridge continued for only one year after earthquake. Later we came to know that the contractor has left the work halfway," said Touseef Zaffer, a trader from the town.

As the construction was put on halt, the Beacon constructed a temporary bridge on the side of the bridge on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad highway for smooth vehicular movement which was also damaged in the September 2014 floods.

"The temporary bridge was constructed again but it is weak and has no proper support. We fear it can collapse again," said Manzoor Ahmad, a local of Garkote village.

Though the department is yet to take over the construction work of the bridge, the traffic continues to ply through the risky bridge.

Chief Engineer (CE) Beacon, Brigadier A K Das told Greater Kashmir that they are all set to start the reconstruction work of the bridge by the month of May this year. 

"The contractor who was allotted the work went to court against us as he wants change in the drawing of the bridge. Now we expect the work to restart by the month of May this year," the CE said.

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