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Srinagar, May 5 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today inaugurated longest bridge and a hospital in the frontier district of Kupwara and a dispensary in the civil secretariat.

The bridge, which will benefit 30,000 people of about half a dozen villages was constructed at a cost of Rs 6.50 crore over Kahmil Nallah. The 203 meter steel girder Mughalpora bridge, is longest in the frontier district of Kupwara.

Speaking after inaugurating the bridge, the Chief Minister said government is making strenuous efforts to improve road connectivity in the state particularly in remote and far flung areas.

He said several bridges under construction in the district would be completed soon adding that work is also apace on various road projects in the district.

Mr Azad said Bungus valley in the district is a beautiful place and offers ample scope for tourist attraction.

He said possibility would be explored to start helicopter service to Bungus from coming June.

Mr Azad also inaugurated new block of district hospital Handwara.

The two-storey block has been constructed by JKPCC at a cost of Rs 3.50 crore.

The Chief Minister inaugurated the renovated dispensary in the Civil Secretariat premises where the darbar move offices reopened today.

The Chief Minister went round the different units of the new look dispensary and enquired from the doctors and staff about the facilities available there.

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