KISHTWAR MAY 03: To ensure that the supplies of medicines and other essential items amid the COVID-19 lockdown are not affected in the remote areas of Paddar, the district administration Kishtwar headed by District Magistrate Rajinder Singh Tara facilitated construction a bridge over Kabban Nallah in Paddar Sub division.
The Bailey bridge of 60 feet span over Kabban nallah was launched by 118 RCC General Reserve Engineering Force (GREF) headed by OC, 188 RCC Lieutenant Colonel Shiv Bhadhur under Beacon project in a record time of one day.
It is pertinent to mention that the road at Kaban nallah was washed away on April 19, 2020 due to torrential rain in the area and GREF at that time made alternate diversion route with Hume pipes as an immediate arrangement to restore interim connectivity.
But due to persistent and excessive water flow in the Kaban nallah caused by melting of snow endangered the existing diversion route with water flowing over the existing Hume pipes.
Hence, anticipating the washing away of the road again in near future district administration facilitated the movement of men and machinery amid the lock down by ensuring social distancing and SOPs.
Appreciating the efforts of GREF in the construction of bridge in a time bound manner DM said that bridge will not only ensure the connectivity to the strategic area but will also relive the people from any inconveniences that may be caused due to washing away of bridge.