Manipur national road blocked as a bridge over the Barak River caves
Thousands of vehicles, including those carrying consumer items from Assam, have been stranded on both sides of the bridge since Friday evening.
National Highway No.2, which is Manipur’s lifeline, has been stranded since 6 p.m. Friday as the rickety steel and wooden bridge over the Barak River collapses as a truck carrying bags of cement launches it. was crossing. Police sources said Ayus Khan, the Manipur driver, could be placed under arrest. Thousands of vehicles, including those carrying consumer items from Assam, are stranded on both sides of the bridge.
As the bridge is not in good condition, the authority strictly controls the weight of goods transported on this highway. It is alleged that the driver had taken a permit for 300 bags of cement only. Police rushing to the scene said there were 560 bags of cement inside the truck, now stuck in the middle of the bridge.
The Noney District Police Station has registered one case. In the past, trucks had fallen into the river, killing people. Chief Minister N. Biren said the newly constructed bridge next to the old one will be inaugurated next month.
Police said normal traffic could resume shortly after the truck was pulled from the bridge.