Shopian: Decades-old dream of southern Shopian and Kulgam residents got realised on Sunday after construction of the longest bridge in south Kashmir was completed.
Much to the respite of a huge population including tribals in two districts, the bridge was thrown open for transport on Sunday.
Lives of at least a dozen people and livestock have been lost in the fast flowing Veshu river due to absence of bridge in recent years.
The completion of the longest bridge took almost a decade due to unavoidable circumstances.
The bridge was almost swept away by the devastating floods in 2014.
But the authorities particularly the roads and building department made relentless efforts to complete the construction of important bridge.
The vital bridge will enable fruit growers to transport their fruits and walnut to mandis in Srinagar with much ease and of course at lesser frieght charges.
The bridge in Rashnagri village built over the famous fast flowing river Veshu is around half a kilometre long. It’s bearing length is 460 meters and breadth 24 feet, according to the officials.
The bridge was constructed at a cost of 16.50 lakhs under NABARD scheme by the roads and buildings department, officials said
Significantly the vital bridge is supposed to cut down at least 30 Kilometers distance between the two districts and to Srinagar city as well.
Hailing the efforts of construction agency, the locals expressed satisfaction over the facility and said that the bridge will also help improve the business relations between the traders of twin districts.