Manipur : Irang bridge collapse; NH-37 on halt

After a bridge collapsed over Irang river at Taubam village in Manipur, the Imphal-Jiriban road connecting National Highway-37 gets cut-off since Monday morning around 7:25 am.
The bridge broke down after a 10-wheeled truck tried to cross the bridge. Both the Driver and the Handyman fell into the river along with the truck.
CRPF personnel and nearby villagers of Taubam rushed to the spot. Only the handyman could be rescued while the driver was not traced till the filing of the report.
The truck that belonged to a private company, was a part in the Railway’s construction works and was carrying Dimapur’s sand towards Jiri side.
The National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) was held accountable for the poor conditions of the bridge by All Manipur Road Transport Drivers and Motor Workers Union on October 19.
The union rejecting the allegation made stated that the Border Road Organisation (BRO) and NHIDCL have been deliberately delaying construction of new Barak, Makru, and Irang bridges with a motive to earn profits from the project.
The Union said that the trucks are not loaded beyond the permissible limits and that the bridges breakdown due to the authorities’ failure to maintain them properly and complete the construction of new RCC bridges on time.
In the meantime, a search operation is being carried out to trace the missing driver from the incident.