Updated on 28 Nov 2020, 9:33 pm
An eight member team of Manipur Democratic Alliance (MDA) led by convener, M Tombi inspected the ongoing repair work of Irang Bridge located at Toubam village along the National Highway-37 by Saturday.
During the visit, the engineers overseeing the construction works informed the team that the bridge would be completed by Saturday late evening or Sunday.
Speaking to the media, Tombi said that MDA has condemned the political party that tried to mislead the activity of the present state government. The installation of Irang Bailey Bridge is going to be completed within 10 days through the initiative of the present government, he added.
During the visit, the engineers of Indian army, who are engaged in installation of the bailey bridge, have reported that the bridge would likely be completed by Saturday late evening or Sunday, informed Tombi. He further said that black topping will also be completed soon.
While appealing to the people inhabiting near the bridge to give cooperation with the transporters, Tombi expressed his gratitude towards the state government, villagers, Transporters and Drivers’ Council (TDC) and Indian army.
Former president of United Committee Manipur (UCM), Elangbam Johnson, who took part in the visit as a representative of state BJP, told the media that Irang Bridge is one of the most important bridges along NH-37. The bridge is the lifeline of the people of the state after Imphal-Dimapur national highway, he added. People need to support the developmental activities initiated by the present state government led by N Biren so that the government can be motivated to carry further developmental works, Johnson said.
He also urged the people and other political parties not to involve politics in the construction works of Irang Bridge as it is one of the lifelines of the people of Manipur.
The team also interacted with village chief of Toubam village, R Kamei to know the past and present situation of the bridge. During the interaction, Kamei said that the villagers have appreciated the instant initiatives taken by the government.
Later, the team handed over hand-sanitisers to the Indian army personnel who are engaged in the installation works of the bridge.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister N Biren Singh has uploaded on his Facebook page saying “Friends, happy news is that Union Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari has sanctioned a sum of Rs 41.88 crores for the construction of 4-lane bridge at Irang on Imphal-Jiribam highway.
Unfortunately, not a single major RCC bridge was constructed on this Highway till the present government came to power.
Construction of two major RCC bridges at Barak and Makru are under progress. Now, the construction of the left out bridge at Irang will be started and I am going to lay the foundation stone for the construction very soon. No politics in development and humanity services.”