Tonnage debate halts NH-53 traffic
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, August 03: Despite the completion of the repairing of Barak and Makru bridges, all the stranded loaded trucks have refused to leave Jiribam for Imphal today following disagreement with the Government authorities over the limit of the load to be carried.

Around 200 loaded trucks have been stationing at Jiribam for the last 10 days awaiting the repairing of the dilapidated bridges along National Highway 53 specially Barak and Makru.

Although repairing work on these bridges have been completed and another 230 trucks left Imphal yesterday, the stranded truckers refused to leave Jiribam despite assurances of adequate security cover, over the issue of the maximum limit of the load to be carried.

Acting on the instruction of the BRTF authorities, the State Government had instructed that the total load to be carried over the Barak and the Makru bridges should not exceed 10 tonnes.

The transporters, whose vehicles were already carrying more than 10 tonnes and were waiting for the route clearance for the last many days found it hard to digest that the maximum limit of the load to be carried by each truck was fixed at 10 tonnes, when the same bridges had withstood load upto 20 tonnes before repairing.

Moreover, it would cause a lot of inconvenience to them in transferring the load from one vehicle to another at this stage, the transporters contended.

Late in the afternoon, permission was reportedly for granted for some Tamenglong bound truckers to cross over the �precarious� bridges.

But all the transporters as a whole objected to this arrangement on the contention that the bridges could very carry the weight of the Imphal-bound trucks as well leading to the present deadlock.

After much wrangling, around 36 mini Tatas set off for Imphal.