|Early Times Report|
Jammu, Nov 12: A new bridge coming up at Devak Nallah in Purmandal of Samba district to make motorable connectivity to around more than two dozen villages has missed another deadline.
Local residents and commuters said that the inordinate delay to complete the 75 metres bridge on Devak Nallah in Purmandal areas is causing inconvenience to local people especially during raining and monsoon season.
The construction of 75 metre long Deck type Steel Plate Girder Bridge over Dewak nallah was started in month of February, 2017 and had set the deadline for the completion of bridge in December, 2017. "Unfortunately, after lapse of more one year from the initial set deadline, the bridge is still in complete", said officials while wishing anonymity. The project with worth of Rs 266.25 lacs was funded by Union Ministry of Rural Development and being executed by Ex Engineer PMGSY (JKRRDA) Government of Jammu and Kashmir but due to nonchalant attitude of executive agency, the project yet to see the daylight.
It is pertinent to mention here that the 75 metre bridge was started in February 2017 and announced that the project would be completed within 10 month from the date of commencement (Feb, 2017). "Ironically after missing one deadline, the executive agency later extended the deadline to March, 2018 but the bridge is still in oblivion", said locals. Sources further said that given to slow pace of funding from the union ministry of rural development, the project is hanging in balance and the now people of said areas has urged the hon'ble Governor to look into the matter and pass appropriate direction to concerned authority for early completion of the project.