Sumbal town awaits completion of foot bridge

Despite passing of four years, the foot bridge at Sumbal town in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district awaits completion to much of public’s inconvenience.
Sumbal town awaits completion of foot bridge
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Despite passing of four years, the foot bridge at Sumbal town in north Kashmir's Bandipora district awaits completion to much of public's inconvenience. 

The locals said construction of foot bridge over Jhelum at Sumbal town was started back in 2014, but left midway. The construction of footbridge was started after authorities dismantled old wooden bridge of the Sumbal town.

"During inclement weather it becomes difficult to cross the river in boats due to high water flow," locals said. The estimated cost of bridge is at whopping Rs 4.1 crore.

The locals said they have to travel to another village from Sumbal in order to reach to other side of the town. In absence of the foot bridge in the town people including student community and patients are facing hardships.

"We have to carry coffins on our shoulders, then onto boats in order to bury them at graveyard which lies on other side of the town" said Abdul Rasheed Rather, a shopkeeper at Sumbal town.

Executive Engineer Roads and Buildings Department(R&B) Sumbal division, Mohammad Yousuf said he would get the details about it as he has recently assumed the charge.

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