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48-hour bandh threatened over neglected bridges

IMPHAL, June 10: The Educational Development and Health Promotion Council, EDAHPCO, Keirao Kendra has threatned to launch a 48-hour total bandh along the Imphal Moreh Road and Imphal Yairipok Road which passes through Keirao constituency from June 12 midnight.

General secretary of the council, Dhamendra Heirom said two bridges remain neglected by the government even though both had collapsed, resulting in much hardships for the people of the constituency.

The first bridge built across the Kiyamgei Pal Ahanbi had collapsed during June 2012, whereas the second bridge at Keirao Leitan Makhong built across the iril River had collapsed in February 2014, he said.

Some labourers were also injured when the bridge over Iril River had collapsed, he said.

Proper quality was not maintained during construction, resulting in the collapse, he told the media during a press conference at the Manipur Press Club.

Works minister Kh Ratankumar had already assured to take proper enquiry over the collapse of the two bridges and to award befitting punishment to all found responsible, he said.

The council have also submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister who has also assured steps in the matter, however, there has been no action from the State till date, he lamented.

Since, the State has continued to remain silent, the local residents have resolved to launch the 48 hour total bandh along the two roads, he said.

It may be mentioned that at least five labourers were injured when a 60-meter long, RCC Bridge under construction over the Iril River collapsed at Keirao Litan Makhong in Imphal East on February 5.

A 15-metre long deck slab construction over the bridge had suddenly caved in and plunged into the river. The bridge construction project was undertaken by the PWD at the cost of Rs 562.67 lakh under the Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources and the contract work of the bridge was undertaken by Md Liyakat Ali.

It may also be mentioned that three engineers of the department were expelled on February 9, five days after the collapse.




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