The unprecedented heavy rains in the first week of September this year caused destruction to life and property in the area of Kandi, Budhal, Kotranka and Samote. The double reinforced cement bridge on Ans river is the lifeline connecting 50 villages and almost 75,000 people with the civil administration Headquarters at Rajouri.
The overflowing and surging water in the river caused heavy damage to the bridge. The prioritization of the civil administration and the Army was to re-establish the road connectivity across.
A self contained Army Engineers team was mobilized to repair and restore the bridge. On a war footing the columns moved with requisite stores by road to reach the area, after travelling the whole night in the landslide prone areas and roads. The bridge which is made of strong metal pillars and planks was lifted by hand by the soldiers and fitted with nuts and bolts to create a 180 feet connection. The engineers in close cooperation and coordination with civil administration carried out the work in 72 hours thereby bringing joy and relief to the local populace.
The Sarpanches of Kandi and Kotranka appreciated at the vigor at which the jawans worked and were full of gratitude stating that due to this effort the people are now returning to a normal life as all amenities are now reaching them from Rajouri.