A bridge that people tremble to cross

Shah Abad Warnow residents appeal government to construct a new bridge

MUZAMIL SHAH
Kupwara, Publish Date: Dec 17 2018 12:54AM | Updated Date: Dec 17 2018 12:54AM
A bridge that people tremble to crossMuzamil Shah

A decades’ old wooden bridge at Shah Abad Warnow is posing risk the lives of the people crossing it.

The bridge connecting Shah Abad village with the district headquarters Kupwara in north Kashmir falls in the native village of renowned Kashmir scholar (late) Moulana Anwar Shah Kashmiri.

A group of villagers from Shah Abad told Greater Kashmir that they had voluntarily set up this wooden bridge decades back to cross the rivulet. “The bridge is now completely broken,” they said.

“People prefer to avoid their errands rather than risking their lives by crossing the bridge during heavy rains,” they said. 

The locals said several villagers get stuck in their homes during flash floods and heavy rains as they don’t want to risk their lives by crossing the bridge. 

Mohammad Akbar of Shah Abad village said they had to keep their vehicles away from their homes as the “bridge is not in condition to withstand to the load of the vehicles.”

The locals demanded that the government should construct a new bridge in the village to save their lives and facilitate their movement. 

“If a concrete bridge is constructed, this is going to be of great benefit to hundreds of villagers as also to the tourists who come here see the graveyard of the father of Moulana Anwar Shah Kashmiri,” they said.

A woman of the village said, “It is very difficult for pregnant ladies and ailing villagers to travel on this non-motorable bridge.”

“Sometimes it becomes the question of life and death for the pregnant ladies,” she added.

According to the locals the students particularly of the primary classes have to cross this bridge everyday to reach their schools.

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