Sumbal villagers cry for bridge

Greater Kashmir

After waiting for construction of a bridge for more than two decades, people pooled money and built two boats to cross the river. But it is risky particularly during rains and fast winds.

Even as the foundation for construction of a bridge at Shadipora over Jhelum river was laid last year, the residents of many villages in Sumbal area here continue to use boats to cross the river during day hours, remaining cut off from rest of the area in nights.

The people alleged that inordinate delay in bridging the two banks of the river was causing them immense inconvenience.

“After waiting for construction of a bridge for more than two decades, people pooled money and built two boats to cross the river. But it is risky particularly during rains and fast winds. Besides, the two boats operate only till evening and are fastened for the night,” Sheikh Qawam Shilvati, a local political leader said. 

The construction of the bridge was mooted about ten years ago and foundation stone was laid in February last year but construction work is yet to take off, locals alleged.

“The delay in starting construction work is causing immense hardships to us as we have to take longer and risky routes to reach Shadipora or Ganderbal,” the residents said.  

The residents said they had many times appealed to the concerned authorities to start work on the bridge. “But our requests bore no results,” they added.

 The bridge will connect over a dozen hamlets including Dab, Khan Mohalla, Gund Roshan, Dar Mohalla, Narain Bagh, Athakhar, Rabitaar, Takanvari, Lati Mohalla andd Chandun having a total population of 10,000 souls

They have demanded initiation of the construction work so that their grievance is redressed.