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By Oken Jeet Sandham
It is very sad that lives of four innocent people were lost due to the collapse of a bridge at 4th Mile, Dimapur. At the time of the collapse of the bridge, several vehicles with passengers were trapped in the collapsed portion of the bridge and unfortunately, four lost their precious lives while many were injured. The administration was reported to have given notice that people should avoid plying their vehicles over this weak and dangerous bridge. If the authority knew that the weak bridge is dangerous for vehicles to ply, they should have closed the traffic long back at this bridge.
The weather forecast given some days ahead of the fateful day was that there would be heavy rains in many parts of the Northeast. We already have seen torrential rains creating mayhems triggering flash floods and massive landslides in many parts of the Northeast. Several rivers have breached banks in Manipur and the floods are still in many parts. Many lost their precious lives in Assam, Manipur, and Nagaland.
Another gory scene coming in is the bridge at Kiruphe Peducha on National Highway 29 – Kohima-Dimapur Road – is also on the verge of collapsing. Some 5 years back, a bridge between Kikruma RD Block and Chakhabama under Phek District collapsed while it was under construction by BRTF.
There are many bridges in Nagaland and Manipur areas that are on the verge of collapsing at any time. The authorities should seriously look into this and initiate for constructing new bridges at the earliest without giving any excuses.
The authorities in respective States, particularly of the hilly Northeast States, should constantly give travel advisories to the people travelling by road as many areas of road stretches in hilly areas during heavy rains or rainy seasons, landslides take place or are covered by slides taking place at upper sides, besides road conditions are not that good and also they become softer during such rainy seasons. The heavy-laden trucks should also avoid coming overloaded during such season.