A 260-meter-long bridge built over six decades ago in north Kashmir’ Sopore collapsed on Wednesday evening leaving people aghast.
People alleged negligence of administration over the collapse of the bridge.
Locals said the bridge was build in 1955 over river Jhelum at Chankhan area of Sopore which connects Sopore town to Srinagar and Baramulla districts. “The bridge was built during the tenure of the then prime minister Ghulam Muhammad Bakhshi, which was primarily known as Bakhshi bridge in Sopore,” they said.
With the collapsing of the bridge, people of Sopore are aghast and levelled charges of negligence on the Roads and Buildings department of Sopore.
Locals blamed the R&B department for failing to save the bridge as it was a “historic and ancestral memorial for Sopore.”
The public demanded a time-bound enquiry into this negligence of the said department.
An official from R&B department from Sopore said the bridge was declared unsafe for traffic in 1999. “After that, the bridge was used only by pedestrians but that too was barred last year after the bridge developed some cracks,” he said.