Uri People Demand Resumption of Bridge Construction Work



Scores of residents of mountainous Paranpilla village in Uri sector held a sit-in outside the gates of Uri-II Power Station in protest against the National Hydro Power Corporation’s “inability” to re-construct the key Uri-Paranpilla Bridge that had collapsed in 2008.

The bridge connected the village with the frontier sector shorting the otherwise 27 kms distance to a mere one km. The bridge was constructed by the NHPC and had collapsed in 2008 during weight-testing killing as many as 28 persons.

“Due to incessant rains our area has become prone to land sliding,” Tawfeeq Zaffar, a local told Kashmir Life. “We will be jeopardizing our lives if we commute through the regular route as it is fraught with dangers.”

The alternate footbridge was swept away by the floods in 2014.

The protesters demanded immediate re-construction of the bridge that would alleviate the problems of this remote village with population of around 5000.

When contacted, Showkat Rather SDM Uri said that administration had deputed the Tehsildar concerned who will take the stock of the situation and do all necessary measures.


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