IMPHAL: With the construction of a new bailey bridge over Irang River known as Irang bridge connecting Imphal and Jiribam of national highway 37 having completed, Chief Minister N Biren is all set to inaugurate the new bridge on Wednesday.
As per an invitation to the media houses in the state for coverage of News, Chief Minister will inaugurate the new bridge Wednesday morning at 11:00.
The lifeline of the state remained cut off for almost a month after the said bailey bridge collapsed on November 01 when a truck carrying sand for construction was reportedly crossing the bridge at Taobam village. Collapse of the bridge multiplied woes of the people in the state after trucks stopped bringing in good and essential commodities along this route. Collapse of the bridge disrupted movement of passengers between Imphal, Jirbam and Silchar in particular.
Taking into consideration the woes of the people, State government swung into action to construct a new bailey bridge over Irang River. An unused bailey bridge located at Tengnoupal was dismantled by Indian Army and then construction of the Irang Bridge was started again with the components brought from Tengnoupal.
Sources said that although the newly constructed Irang Bridge is also a bailey bridge, it can withstand loads as heavy as 40 tonnes including weight of vehicles. The old Irang Bridge could not withstand loads more than 24 tonnes.
Earlier, Chief Minister N Biren announced that Centre had sanctioned funds for constructing an RCC bridge over Irang River in Noney district.