Pulwama: People in dozens of villages in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district are suffering due to the absence of a bridge on river Jehlum. People are helpless to cross the river using boats due to the non-existence of Patal Bagh – Marvel Bridge.

The villages affected due to the absence of Patal Bagh – Marvel Bridge include Patal Bagh, Marvel, Khadirmoo, Baji Bagh, Nehama, Kandizal, Samboora and various other villages.

People allege that despite filing enormous complaints by the residents, the concerned authorities have remained unmoved.

Residents of nearby vicinities, while talking to The Kashmir Pulse, said that everyday people have to wait for the boats so as to cross over to the other side of the river. “Those, who take the luxury of avoiding boats, have to travel a tiring distance which is hardly a choice for the people here,” said a local.

“The absence of a bridge to cross the river has made our daily life very difficult. Many people have been injured in their attempt to cross the river through boats,” a local woman said.

According to locals, they fear for their lives when they cross the river by boats especially during night-time, rainy days and high water levels in the river.

People urged upon the authorities to take necessary steps for the construction of a bridge so as to make their dream of crossing the river through a bridge a reality and avoid any further mishaps.

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