Bridge material reach site; trucks leave
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, July 22: Under strict security arrangement both men and material for reconstructing the dismantled Irang bridge have reached the site and efforts are on to restore connectivity between Imphal and Jiribam while about 70 trucks left Imphal along NH-39 to procure essential commodities today evening.

Since the bridge was dislocated on July 20 morning the State authorities have been in constant touch with organisations concerned and security establishments to resume transport service on the NH-53, said a source.

The Source disclosed that bridge construction material and personnel of the BRTF in 11 vehicle convoy reached the site from Jiribam side with security cover provided by 5 MR personnel under the command of its Commandant Chaoba Lokho.

Eight other trucks were rushed in from Imphal side.

Talking to The Sangai Express, CO of 25 Bn RTF MA Raza said, "Tomorrow, I'll go to the site and supervise the ongoing work till its completion personally," and expressed confidence that the bridge would be made ready for traffic within the set deadline.

Meanwhile, PWD Chief Engineer Ng Rashtrapati informed The Sangai Express that though the required material for repairing of the bridge on priority basis has been given to the BRTF on loan basis, the same would be taken back in kind only.

The Chief Engineer also appreciated the 25 Bn BRTF for its speedy construction of double-lane route from Imphal to Barak along National Highway 53.To help in supervising the re-launching of the bridge, two Assistant Engineers posted at Jiribam, namely Sadananda and Y Anilkumar are presently at the work site, he informed.

Due to snapping of the road link in the Tamenglong district area over 32 goods loaded trucks are currently waiting clearance at Jiribam, said a source.

The loaded vehicles include five petrol carriers, eight diesel tankers, 14 carrying grocery items, three LPG carriers besides two passenger buses.