Jammu, Aug 30: Sukh Tao Nallah near Rajouri separates the Rajouri-Poonch National Highway from the area across it. Numerous attempts were made in the past to bridge the Nallah by constructing causeways. However, due to heavy rain fall and flash floods experienced in the region, the causeways would be washed off.
Local residents as well as Army troops deployed near Line of Control in the proximity of the Nallah were facing difficulties in carriage of essential stores. Survey of bridge site was carried out by Chief Engineer, Project Sampark with Commander 31 Task Force. On confirmation of a suitable site to construct a Bailey Bridge, 31 Task Force of Project Sampark commenced construction of 9 mtrs high concrete abutments under heavy rain fall and difficult conditions involving diversion of water channels. The challenge of bridging the gap was increased multifold due to availability of very restricted backspace for launching the bridge necessitating number of improvisations on ground.
Working day and night, the BRO men completed construction of the Double Storeyed Reinforced Bailey Bridge on 28 August 2015 under the supervision of Commander 31 Task Force. This bridge has added to the enhancement of quality of life of the local people besides restoring connectivity to the troops on the Line of Control, facilitating movement of stores, supplies and evacuations of casualty.