The bridge over 'flood channel' on the Jawahar Nagar-Natipora-Chanapora axis would help in decongesting traffic on the southern part of the city and would give direct and easy access from Jawahar Nagar and adjoining areas to Srinagar Railway Station and Airport, an official spokesman said here.
He said the construction of the bridge is also part of a mega road widening project from Mehjoor Nagar to Nowgam via Padshahi Bagh. The foundation for the bridge, which has been constructed by Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA) in record 18 months at a cost of Rs 20 crore, was laid by the chief minister in December 2016.
Mufti assured people that soon a fire station would be set up at Mehjoor Nagar while a proper rehabilitation plan would be formulated for people who need to be relocated in the case of road-widening.
The inauguration of Mehjoor bridge is the second major initiative of the government in last two months to decongest traffic in the summer capital. Last month, Mufti had thrown open Phase-I of the Srinagar Expressway Corridor from Amar Singh College to Barzulla bridge even as work on the Phase-II was on.
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