Jammu and Kashmir’s status change into a Union Territory has proved to be a game changer with many development projects, which were nowhere near completion for years, being finished within months.
One of the projects is an extremely important footbridge connecting Old Town and New Town in the Baramulla district of North Kashmir. “Earlier the footbridge connecting Old Town and New Town was made of wood and was in very bad shape. With Jammu and Kashmir getting UT status, the work to construct a proper bridge commenced and now is going to be completed,” said Abid Salaam, Corporator of Municipal Council Baramulla.
In 2014, the wooden footbridge — lifeline of the residents of the Old Town — was damaged due to the floods. People used to travel across by boats as most of the big business establishments, educational and other government institutes including the District Hospital Baramulla are across the river.
“The previous governments did not take any initiative to reconstruct the bridge”, Salaam said.
G N Itoo, the Deputy Commissioner Baramulla said, “By the completion of the footbridge, the connectivity between the Old Town and the New Town will improve. It will be beneficial for the traders too.”
“I believe that the construction of the bridge will be completed by August 15-20,” Itoo added.