Unsafe Bagh-e-Mehtab-Rawalpora bridge poses risk to commuters

Unsafe Bagh-e-Mehtab-Rawalpora bridge poses risk to commuters

3 years on, govt fails to undertake repairs

While Sanat Nagar-Rangreth road lies in shambles, authorities have shelved repair of Bailey bridge that connects Rawalpora with Bagh-e-Mehtab. The bridge has been declared unsafe by the authorities nearly three years ago. 

The bridge, set up on Doodganga Nallah, has got tilted in one direction and has turned slippery. However hundreds of vehicles ply on the bridge everyday apart from 10 school buses ferrying students to different schools. “This bridge was damaged during September 2014 devastated floods and many vehicles have fallen into the nallah during past two years,” said locals. 

“Presently, light motor vehicles and two wheelers use the bridge mainly due to the compulsion in absence of any other connectivity route,” the locals added. 

Locals of adjoining areas expressed resentment against what they termed “negligence and dereliction of duty” on part of authorities concerned. “It is not that authorities are unaware about the present condition of bridge. They have declared it unsafe few years ago and also erected a signboard for commuters to inform them the bridge is unsafe to use,” said Adil Ahmad, a commuter. “But it is really unfortunate that they (authorities) have failed to repair it or reconstruct it. This non-action on part of the authorities speaks about lackadaisical approach on part of authorities,” he added.

The bridge connecting two sides across the nallah is shortest distance between various localities. While the authorities had started work on construction of an alternative bridge on the nallah in 2016, the work was stopped immediately and since then the project has seen no head way.

 Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Farooq Ahmad Lone said he would look into the matter. “No such complaint or grievance has been brought into my notice so far. However, I will get all details of this matter and will resolve it on priority,” he said.