In a first of such restoration work, army's engineering wing has started laying an alternative floating bridge on the Tawi river at Barjala, around 8 km from Jammu. Earlier, a part of 287 metre bridge was washed away in the floods on September 6. The washing away of the portion of the bridge has disconnected lakhs of people living on both sides of the river.
The villages affected due to the collapse of the bridge, included Phlain Mandal, Gaguchak, Sunanjna, Rambagh, Doar More, Karnele Chak, Ganheshu Chak, Toph and Makwal.
For the last couple of days, the army is using boats to ferry the people living on both sides of the river.
The construction of the bridge seems to be top on army's priority as the engineering unit from Pathanakot has been called to lay the bridge.
Army is hoping that by Tuesday evening the bridge will be laid and will be opened for the public.