An overloaded truck caused to breakdown of the main bridge over the Barak River, district Tamenglong, Manipur, which cut down the supply in Manipur. The repair works of the bridge will takes two days. More than 200 trucks and 20 oil tankers are blocked for Imphal west of bridge. The suspenders and panels of the east end of the steel bridge at National Highway 37, 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 completely. National Highway 2, that was second major passage to the Manipur that passage through Nagaland, was also closed since Thursday because of the landslide, and sliced it about 150 meters of it about 22 kms south of Kohima.Sunil Kumar, Imphal-based general manager of National Highways Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL) said, “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.” Kumar said that the bridge has a load-bearing capacity of up to 24 tons, overloaded trucks have caused severe 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. Kumar also said, “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.” He said that the NHIDCL has been regularly pleading with the Manipur government for weight inspection of over-loading trucks and caused damaged to several other bridges on NH-37.
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