<strong>CM inaugurates Irang Bridge, lays foundation for 50 ft long 4 lane RCC bride </strong>

CM inaugurates Irang Bridge, lays foundation for 50 ft long 4 lane RCC bride

TMB Report

IMPHAL: After being cut-off along the Imphal-Jiribam road, the 2nd economic lifeline of Manipur, for a month due to collapse of the Iron bailey bride on 1st Nov along the NH 37, a new iron bailey bridge which has been installed over the Irang River was inaugurated on Wednesday by Manipur CM N Biren Singh in Taobam Village in Noney District of Manipur.

Besides inaugurating the Bridge, the Chief Minister also laid the foundation stone for the long-awaited 150 ft long four-lane Irang RCC Bridge. The RCC new bridge is targeted to be completed within 12 month’s time and work will be undertaken by NIDCL & the ministry of Road & Transport has already sanctioned an amount of Rs 49.31 Crore for the said project.

The new Bailey bridge, which was opened from today, was assembled by the 52nd Engineering Regiment Indian Army in coordination with NHIDCL and the State Government. Satisfied over the assistance provided by Indian Army on assembling the new bridge, CM Biren also announced that an amount Rs. 5 lakh will be awarded with Commendation to Major General Mathew 57 Mountain GOC Indian & Colonel Sashikumar, who led the new Iron bridge possible after it collapse beyond redemption.

Both the bridge inauguration & foundation laying ceremony was attended by Forest and Environment Minister  Awangbow Newmai, Tamenglong ADC Chairman Namsinrei Panmei, Chief Secretary Dr. Rajesh Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary (Works) Shri P. Vaiphei, 57 Mountain Division GOC Maj. Gen VT Mathew and Executive Director of National Highway Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd. (NHIDCL), Shri Rajeev Sood as dignitaries at the function.

Regarding the unfortunate collapse of Irang Bailey Bridge on the highway on November 1, CM informed that the State Government worked day and night in finding ways to restore it as soon as possible.

The State Government worked in coordination with 57 Mountain of the Indian Army led by Col. Shashikumar and NHIDCL to reconstruct the bridge as soon as possible. During the reconstruction process, the bridge slipped down again. However, owing to the tireless efforts of the 52nd Engineer Regiment of the Indian Army and NHIDCL, the bridge was successfully reinstalled within a short span of only one month, CM said.

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