Newly constructed Mehjoor Nagar bridge awaits inauguration, commuters suffer

The newly constructed Mehjoor Nagar bridge, which was completed about twenty days ago, is yet to be thrown open for public vehicular traffic.
Newly constructed Mehjoor Nagar bridge awaits inauguration, commuters suffer
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The newly constructed Mehjoor Nagar bridge, which was completed about twenty days ago, is yet to be thrown open for public vehicular traffic.

Authorities had to complete the work on the project after the old Mehjoor Nagar bridge was closed for vehicular traffic in February 2017. The bridge connects most of the south city areas with city centre. It is will reduce the traffic congestion on Solina road and in the city centre as Dalgate, Khanyar, Hazratbal bound traffic coming from south city areas will use this bridge.

The bridge will also be preferred by commuters wanting to reach Soiteng, Lasjan, Padshahibagh, Nowgam and other adjacent areas. The route is also used by commuters coming from southern Kashmir, especially when there is medical emergency to reach city hospitals. "Yes the bridge is complete and will be thrown open for public shortly. We are expecting Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to inaugurate it," said an official who was not authorized to speak to media.

The authorities have presently erected barricades on either sides of the bridge to stop general public from commuting on it. "We are waiting for government to inaugurate it," said the official. 

"If government is busy and doesn't have time for its inauguration, the bridge must be thrown open for public without any inauguration," said Ghulam Hassan Bhat, a resident of Syed Abad Soiteng. "The bridge has already missed several deadlines. It's a vital bridge as authorities closed the old Mehjoor Nagar bridge last year after one of its pillars collapsed." 

Presently, the authorities have installed a Bailey bridge as a temporary arrangement. Chief executive officer Economic Reconstruction Agency, Farooq Ahmad Lone told Greater Kashmir that the bridge will be thrown open for public on Monday.

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