Pulwama, July 24: Debris of a collapsed bridge in Nallah Romshi at Kakapora area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district is posing a flood threat to many surrounding villages.
Residents from Kakapora and surroundings villages informed Rising Kashmir that a bridge on Nallah Romshi was constructed decades ago.
The bride used to connect Kakapora with historic town of Awantipora.
They added that this vital bridge between Kakapora and Lelhara villages suffered wear and tear over the years.
The villagers said that cracks started developing in the bridge in 2019 after which it was declared unsafe by officials of Roads and Buildings (R and B) Department Pulwama.
“The bridge collapsed in 2020 and its debris is lying in the rivulet,” a resident of Lelhara village, Shabir Ahmad said, adding that the debris blocks the passage of water from Romeshi to Jhelum.
Shabir elaborated that their area is flood prone and Romeshi, a turbulent tributary of Jhelum, caused severe damage to their houses and property in 2014.
“The blockage in Romeshi poses a flood threat to many surrounding villages,” he said, adding they have been pleading before authorities for lifting the debris from the water body for last two years without any success.
Another resident, Nazir Ahmad, said that since 2020 they have been making rounds to the office of Tehsildar Kakapora and Executive Engineer R and B Pulwama.
“Nothing was done to lift the debris from the rivulet,” Nazir said, adding that they also urged authorities for redressing their grievance through media but to no avail.
He said that they have apprehensions that the debris and wooden pillars of the collapsed bride will block high flow in Romeshi and they will get hit.
“Flotsam washed by high flow from upstream will get stuck at this point in Romeshi and backflow will inundate surrounding villages,” he said.
The villagers appealed higher authorities to look into the matter and redress their grievance as soon as possible.
Executive Engineer, R and B department Pulwama, Nisar Ahmad Lala told that they floated for lifting of the debris.
“There was no response to our NIT in this regard,” he said, adding that they have decided to go for open auction for lifting the debris.
“ It will take some time in completing the formalities after that the debris will soon be lifted,” he said.