Friday, April 10, 2009

Zero Bridge

Early Morning

zero bridge in Srinagar, Kashmir
Old Zero bridge on Jhelum. In the background, atop the hill, TV tower and Shankaracharya temple.

new zero bridge on Jhelum
New Zero Bridge.

house boat on Jhelum river
House boats on Jhelum river.

8 comments:

  1. Really surprising to see that old Zero Bridge still stands tall on its wooden frame.....The name Zero Bridge also holds an interesting background....There were seven bridges on river Jhelum in Srinagar..before Zero Bridge was built..The next bridge was named as Zero Bridge as it was adjcent to 1st Bridge...

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  2. That's a interesting story. Yes, the bridge still stands but it's not a motorable bridge...although i did see some aatos plying on it...also late at night it is usually closed.

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  3. Vinayak, is it all right with you if I post a link to this page at Facebook?
    Lots of Kashmiri friends there would love to see these pictures--and your blog.
    Cabn you let me know via mail, please?

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  4. Everything on this blog is for sharing. Please feel free to share it in whatever way you may like. If you give credit, even better :)

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  5. Have posted a link at my page, with your name and the name of your blog.

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  6. Dear Roshan,

    Your story about "Zero bridge" is certainly interesting. However it is not a fact even though Zero Bridge is the first bridge on the Jhelum. The bridge was constructed somewhere in 1956 by a deaf contractor. Deaf in kashmiri is called "Zorr". It got the name "Zor" and later "Zar Kadal" as the bridge constructed by a deaf contractor. Later it got its present name Zero bridge.

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  7. Mushtaq,
    this is the first time I am hearing 'Zorr' version of the story. I think you have presented an interesting street version of story behind the strange name of that bridge. Thanks!

    The bridge was in fact built in the 1950s but it is documented history (quoted by sources as Pervez Dewan and Trilokinath Raina) that when the 'city of seven bridges' got an eighth bridge, the name was suggested as 'zero' for the bridge that came before the Ist bridge -Amira Kadal. The original name for the bridge was suggested as Habba Khatoon Bridge.

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