Crucial bridge cracks, Manipur supply line cut off

The suspenders and panels of the eastern end of the steel bridge broke and almost came off at around 4 AM on Monday when an overloaded 10-wheeler truck was trying to cross it on its way to Imphal, with an official saying it was sheer luck that the bridge did not come down altogether.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Published:July 17, 2017 6:39 pm
manipur bridge crack, manipur barak bridge, NH-37, overloaded truck, manipur bailey bridge The Barak bridge in Manipur with the overloaded truck.(Source: NHIDCL)

Manipur’s main supply line, National Highway 37, was virtually cut off after an overloaded truck caused a major crack on a crucial bailey bridge across the Barak river in Tamenglong district early Monday morning, with officials ruling out chances of repair in the next two days. Over 200 trucks and 20 oil tankers bound for Imphal are stranded west of the bridge.

The suspenders and panels of the eastern end of the steel bridge broke and almost came off at around 4 AM on Monday when an overloaded 10-wheeler truck was trying to cross it on its way to Imphal, with an official saying it was sheer luck that the bridge did not come down altogether. National Highway 2, the other lifeline for Manipur that passes through Nagaland, has remained closed since Thursday after heavy landslides had sliced away about 150 metres of it about 22 kms south of Kohima.

“The steel suspenders and panels of the bridge cracked when an overloaded truck was crossing it. We immediately shut the bridge, managed to remove the truck, and are now getting a contractor to urgently repair it. While resources are being moved from Silchar in Assam, the bridge will not be operational before Wednesday,” Sunil Kumar, Imphal-based general manager of National Highways Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL) told The Indian Express over the telephone.

Kumar said that while the bailey bridge has a load-bearing capacity of up to 24 tons, overloaded trucks have caused immense damage to this and other bridges on NH-37 connecting Imphal with Jiribam, the only railhead of Manipur 54 kms east of Silchar in southern Assam. The Barak bridge is 145 km west of Imphal.

“Most goods-laden trucks from Jiribam to Imphal are overweight, some carrying up to 40 tons of goods, causing regular damage to the bailey bridge on the Barak. While minor damages are repaired by shutting down the bridge for a few hours, Monday’s damage was so severe that it was by sheer luck that the bridge did not collapse,” Kumar said.

He said that the NHIDCL has been regularly pleading with the Manipur government for checking over-loading of trucks in the interest of this and several other bridges on NH-37. “We met the state chief secretary and DGP on Monday too to apprise them of the situation and putting a mechanism in place to stop overloading of trucks,” Kumar said.

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    Thatha
    Jul 17, 2017 at 10:58 pm
    Barak bridge has the same name as Barak Missiles. So logically, Bhakt logically, should not have broken. CAn we get help from Israel to fix the bridge and then ask them to design all bridges in India like bhakts are going to ask Israel to fix their diks and then to design Bhakt babies that would make millions and millions of bhakts in the future to sustain arya-brahminism?
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      72 virgins for fun
      Jul 18, 2017 at 1:07 am
      $(um spotted..
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      Jamuna Agnihothri
      Jul 17, 2017 at 10:52 pm
      Vedic age Vimans to lift trucks from one side and drop them on the other? I came to know the Vedic Agenda a vimanss had very powerful engines that were designed to oppose and cancel each other's thrust.
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        Kumar
        Jul 17, 2017 at 10:17 pm
        The north regions have been neglected since 1947 and need fast development. Otherwise foreign country will claim and develop the regions. The regions are too fertile and can feed at least half of India, if proper agricultural planning is done. It has a lot of mineral resources. People from other states of India should come and contribute to fast development of the regions, such as Darjeeling, North Bengal, Assam, Manipur, Arunachal, Mizoram etc. In the past India was world famous for tea from these regions that used to fetch a lot of foreign exchange.
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          Sanjay
          Jul 17, 2017 at 9:32 pm
          Really need development fast and load capacity should increase to 80 ton vehichles. Shame when China is at our backs.
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            Arjun
            Jul 17, 2017 at 8:32 pm
            Ah!!! the Benefit of insurgency. The militants extort half of the development funds and politician/bureaucrat/ contractor syndicate eat up the other half. In the mean time, the people are kept busy protesting for riff raff
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              BAAP
              Jul 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm
              Are you serious. Such is the pathetic state of crucial bridges and roads. Who needs a missile now to blow up the bridge. An overloaded truck is enough for Indian infra.
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