Incomplete bridges in Srinagar

Two vital bridges at Qamarwari and Shalateng areas in Srinagar are incomplete even after a period of eight years. Residents are feeling indignant since they are put to lot of inconvenience. Moreover, the absence of these two bridges becomes cause of traffic jams as well, during peak hours. The reasons to know about the slow pace of work on the bridges and its intermittent suspending is not difficult as customary paucity of funds is reported to be responsible for the same.
In fact, construction of both the bridges was taken with an idea to ease traffic jams and ensuring smooth movement of the traffic but incomplete bridges so far have defeated that purpose . It may be noted that traditionally bridges on the Veth or Jehlum river in Srinagar city were mainly constructed of wood and Qamarwari bridge is one such first bridge of the kind which had broken that tradition as it was constructed with cement mortar, hence the name “Cement Bridge”. It connects the old city , Soura, Hazratbal, Ganderbal, Batmaloo areas and of course Qamarwari itself. This area of Qamarwari is one of the most congested areas of the city and with completion of the bridge, not only would thousands of commuters be benefitted but the pressure on the traffic movement too would be eased to a large extent. We expect that the authorities concerned would try to have these two bridges completed at an early date.