Work on two bridges in progress
Gurez, Aug 27: To improve the connectivity of picturesque Gurez in north Kashmir with the rest of the state, Border Roads Organisation (BRO), under the project BEACON, is carrying out the macadamisation and repair work of the 85-kilometer road between Bandipora and Gurez.
Started in this season, the macadamisation and road construction is being done from Mantrigam village in Bandipora to Tulail area in Gurez sector.
Col Amit Chander Commander 32 BRTF said that the Bandipora-Gurez road is being black-topped and repaired to enhance connectivity of the hilly Gurez area with the rest of the state and reduce the travelling time of passengers and also increase development activities in the region.
While expressing his concern for not achieving the targets, he said that last year no significantnt work was executed on ground on the Bandipora -Gurez road due to unrest in Kashmir.
The BRO has now geared up to meet the challenges by doubling its efforts to meet the set target, he said.
The Commander said that macadamisation, road repairing are being done with expert engineering keeping in view the weather and hilly topography of the region.
The area witness the highest snow accumulation during winters and the road remains under the snow covered for five months cutting short its life.
“Black topping and repairing is done with expertise to improve the quality of the road as per Snow Bound Norms (SBN). At some stretches, Crust Stone Base (CSB) is done for snow bound areas,” says Col Amit adding, “Such methods are adopted to counter frost action during extremely cold winter.”
Under the project, road widening of entire 85 kms from Bandipora to Gurez have been taken up and completed besides construction of retaining walls to add up strength to road at slide prone areas.
In Gurez town, the BRO is macadamizing the road from Dawar- to Neeru. Also, road surfacing is done from Dawar to Barnoi, and from Dawar to Chakwali road formation has been sanctioned and the process will be started this season. Besides two bridges-one at Zudkhushi area over Badra nallah and another at Dahi Nallah- are being constructed.
BRO officials said the 35 meter long and 12 meter wide bridge over Badra nallah will be completed in next year. “Work on two abetments is in process, while an approach road is in formation stage. The bridge is PSC Box girder,” said Maj Praveen Koshy, Officer Commanding , 56 RCC adding the work was started in 2016.
About the Dahi Nallah Bridge, the Officer Commanding said that the work was started in 2014 and the bridge will take nearly a month to be functional. “Both the abetments are complete, superstructure work is ongoing on the Steel Girdle bridge,” the said OC 56 RCC.
Locals have lauded the efforts of BRO for taking the initiative of black topping and repairing the hilly road.
“We appreciate the BRO for taking up this project as it will make our back-breaking journey comfortable and increase our connectivity with the rest of the world,” Muhammad Akbar, a local resident said, adding that the development and economic activities will get a fillip in the region. (KNS)