Danger of bridge collapse even as department looks the other way

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

Staff Reporter
TURA, April 07: A wooden bridge on the Selsella – Rajabala road has been lying in a dangerous state for over a month now despite which there have been no efforts undertaken by the PWD to ensure its repair.
Upon being informed on the matter however, the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of West Garo Hills, Ram Singh, said that the bridge was in the process of repair with another concrete bridge also coming up to replace the rickety one.

The particular wooden bridge, a section of which is already tilted to one side has been causing a lot of worry for passengers as well as locals who fear the bridge is now an accident waiting to happen.
“You have to use the bridge to get to the Block office which is just a few 100 metres away. Everything plies on the road, including buses, trucks, small vehicles and the like and is one of the more used thoroughfares in the region. Despite the condition of the bridge nothing much has been done,” said a resident of the area, SD Sangma.
Confirming the fact that repairs were to be initiated by the PWD (Roads) , the DC said that he had spoken to PWD officials after being informed of the bridge’s condition and has been assured immediate repairs.
“They are initiating repairs on the bridge while another project for a concrete bridge is already on the way. It should provide a permanent solution to the problems being faced by the people,” said Ram Singh.
The matter of the bridge tilting to one side had been informed, according to locals, quite some time ago though the lethargic response from the department concerned has angered them somewhat.
“Hopefully now they will get down to bridge repair with immediate effect so that at least people can get relief temporarily. The annual ‘Charantala Mela’ (which attracts lakhs of people) is also around the corner and that day will see a huge turnout of people and vehicles. God forbid something happens due to the rush,” said a local resident.


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