ZSUM imposes bandh along NHs


IMPHAL, May 28: The Zeliangrong Students` Union Manipur will impose total bandh along the NH-37and Kangpokpi via Tamei (IT road) with effect from 5 p.m. of June 1 till midnight of June 2, a statement of the student body said today.

It has further continued that the bandh will be imposed against the failure to complete the construction of a suspension Bailey Bridge across the Barak River in between Dikiuram and Katang in Tamenglong District and the district Highway stretching from Khongsang to Tamenglong being neglected since last many years.

It has further warned all public carrier trucks stranded along the NH-37 to be evacuated before the imposed bandh.

The proposed total bandh would cover all activities including government offices, business activities, medical emergencies, vehicles of public and private, it continued.

Schools will be exempted from the purview of the bandh, however, the statement continued.

It has further continued that the construction was started in 2006-07 under the NEC-Division II, however the people of the area is yet to see it.

It has also claimed that the people of the area still depend on traditional modes of transportation to cross the river.

The ZSUM had conducted a recent inspection tour of the area, said the statement.

It was found during the tour that the abutment had capsized at Katang side, with pillars bending towards Barak River.

It has further alleged that anchor block installation is too high from the ground level (as compared to the bailey bridge

ofNH-37 at Barak and Makru River, the height .of the anchor block should be parallel to the abutment of the bridge).

The statement has also said that the RCC is not proportionate.

It has further continued that the ZSUM had urged the former Works Minister to pursue their complaints, however the engineers and SO maintained that the ZSUM were not technical experts and as such the complaints could not be entertained.

The student body has also claimed that another problem is the deplorable condition of the district highway stretching from Khongsang to Tamenglong which is being neglected since the last many years.

It has further elaborated that the BRO has been entrusted developing the road since 2010, however  the BRO is yet to comply with the directive of the Deputy Secretary (Works).

The student body as such has demanded the immediate termination of the Executive Engineer, Assistant Engineer Section

Officers of PWD,NEC Division-II and –other officials involved be immediately terminated for their incapability to maintain quality and delay in completing the said bridge within the stipulated period and the completion of the Bailey Bridge with conformity with the technical expertise and the expansion of the district highway stretching from Khongsang to Tamenglong be expedited.


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