R&B, I&FC tussle stalls work on Tral bridge

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Srinagar, Mar 15: The work on a bridge connecting two villages of Tral area in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district for which funds have been released two years back is yet to be started due to the ongoing tussle between Roads and Buildings (R&B) and Irrigation and Flood Control (I&FC) departments.
A legion of complainants of Jawaharpora and Gutingoo villages of Tral area said that the wooden bridge built by locals prior to 2014 devastating floods was washed away by the gushing waters in September 2014 and a concrete bridge estimated at a cost of several crores of rupees was though expected to be completed in a short span of few months after the funds were released and work was allotted to a local contractor but due to the unprecedented delay caused in issuance of No Objection Certificate (NOC) by the Irrigation and Flood Control department the work on the bridge could not be started for the last two years.
The Assistant Executive Engineer of I&FC Division Awantipora said that the I&FC department is expediting the process for issuing NOC and in coming two or three days NOC will be issued to R&B department to enable the contractor to carry out the work on the bridge. (KNS)