Tengpuna bridge awaits completion

Greater Kashmir

Tengpuna, May 27: The residents as well as commuters are up in arms against the administration for not completing the construction work of the bridge here in Pulwama district for last two decades, resulting in hardships for the people.
 According to the residents, the bridge was damaged 20 years ago but has not been reconstructed since then. “The administration has made a temporary diversion across the stream which becomes extremely dangerous during rains, not to speak of floods. Though the construction work was initiated on the bridge two years back but was stopped midway soon after,” locals said.
 “We have been seeing the damaged bridge since two decades but none form the government side is taking any cognizance of the hardships we face due to it. Quite ironical,” the locals complained, adding, “The damaged bridge and diversion have been cause of many accidents in last many years resulting in loss of life as well.”
 They said that the road witnesses heavy rush of vehicular traffic as it links Tral and Awantipora. “Two years ago, only iron rods were installed after resumption of reconstruction work but then left like that without any reason,” Danish Hussain, a local resident said.
 “We approached all, who mattered, to get our problem mitigated and requested them to construct the bridge but our pleas fell on deaf ears,” the residents said.
 Interestingly, the road from Pulwama to Tral and Awantipora passes through dozens of villages and is an important link in the district.
 Despite repeated attempts, the concerned officials could not be contacted.