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BANDIPORA: Sumbal bridge that connects Srinagar with Leh, Bandipora, Kangan and Gurez is on the verge of “collapse” as in the garb of dredging, sand under the bridge is being extracted illegally during morning and night hours. Locals alleged that some boatmen in league with a top official of Irrigation and Flood Control Department have been violating all the norms to make quick bucks.

 

Locals said adding that the bridge is on the “verge of collapse” and if this illegal extraction of sand continues in the garb of dredging, this age old bridge will become a history. Locals added that this is not the case in Sumbal only but the illegal extraction of sand during night hours also goes unabated in Baharabad, Hajin and Asham areas of North Kashmir’s Bandipora District.

 

On the complaint of locals, a police team from Sumbal Police station visited the spot to assess the situation. The boatmen after the arrival of police party fled from the spot. “We have taken the cognizance of this serious matter. Strict action will be taken against the vested interest elements,” said a police official.