Srinagar,February 7,2017 CNS: In a bid to give respite to the affected people who have got cut off from city centre Lal Chowk due to closure of Mehjoor Nagar bridge, the government has decided to erect a ‘bailey-bridge’ for pedestrians and the movement of light motor vehicles.
Authorities had closed the Mehjoor Nagar Bridge for every kind of traffic and pedestrian movement, sparking protests in south city areas.
The bridge was closed for heavy motor vehicles (HMVs) after one of its supporting pillars collapsed on Monday, however two wheelers were even not allowed on Tuesday sparking protests from people residing in Mehjoor Nagar, Syed Abad Soiteng, Lasjan, Padshahibagh, Gandbal, Vethpora, Bagander.
The closure also caused massive traffic jam at Padshahibagh, Rambagh, Jawahar Nagar and other adjacent areas.
To assuage the sufferings and apprehensions of people, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmed Khan said that a new ‘bailey-bridge’ would be erected for the movement of light motor vehicles. He said that a meeting was called in this regard and a new temporary bridge will be installed till the under-construction bridge is completed.
“The bridge is presently installed in Chadoora area of Budgam district. It will be brought to Mehjoor Nagar and installed without any further delay. It will be a temporary arrangement to provide alternative remedy to affected areas,” he said. He added that the government has directed the concerned authorities to expedite the work on under Construction Bridge.
Meanwhile, the affected people staged a protest in Press Enclave Srinagar demanding re-opening of the bridge without any delay. They said that patients, students, employees and transporters will suffer badly in absence of any connective. (CNS)