Rickety Barak bridge strands trucks

By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Sep 11 : Hundreds of vehicles including those carrying essential commodities are currently stranded on either side of the Imphal-Jiribam highway since 3 pm yesterday due to the shabby condition of Barak bridge.
According to a report culled from the spot,  one 12-wheeler truck  coming from Jiribam side  towards Imphal was stuck at Makru  bridge at around 3 pm yesterday when it started crossing. Reportedly the bridge is not in condition for crossing and steel railing on both its sides have started bending.
It is reported that another truck was also stuck last Thursday at the bridge.
The bridge has not been repaired till the time of filing this report.
According to sources, repairing the bridge will take at least two days or three.
It further said that the construction of the RCC bridge which is to replace the old Barak suspension bridge will be completed by December.
Meanwhile, The Hindu reported that the authority strictly controls the weight of goods transported through this highway as the bridge is not in a good condition.
It alleged that the driver of the 12-wheeler truck took a permit for transporting 300 cement bags only, but the Police who rushed to the spot said they found 560 cement bags inside the truck.