TODAY -

Highway of bailey bridges ! Second lifeline
- The Sangai Express Editorial :: November 03 2020 -

 Irang Bridge snapped on November 1 2020
Irang Bridge snapped on November 1 2020 :: Pix - TSE



Imphal-Jiribam Highway or National Highway-37 sounds more like a misnomer.

National Highway Bailey Bridges would sound more apt.

The difficult terrain is understandable but it is highly amusing that the 200 km stretch between Imphal and Jiribam is adorned by numerous bailey bridges, underlining the point that ever since Manipur merged into the Union of India back in 1949, bridges which were designed and developed in the early part of 1940s and were used primarily as temporary arrangements, have been the dominant feature of the highway for more than 50 years.

This is a shame and to think that India is talking about opening the doors of Manipur to the South East Asian countries under its tom tommed Act East Policy and the joke cannot get more farcical than this.

What happened on the Imphal-Jiribam route in the early hours of November 1, 2020, in which a bailey bridge over the River Irang snapped plunging a truck carrying sand should tell the story of this route which exists only on the map of National Highways across the country.

Old timers will still recall the days when the then Governor, the late Dr SS Sindhu took a road trip along this route back in 2005.

This was in August when the sky usually opens up and story of how the Governor had to switch vehicle after his own vehicle broke down along the way are stories that make up the tale of the Imphal-Jiribam highway.

Interesting to note too that present Chief Minister N Biren, who was then the Chairman of the Manipur Pollution Control Board was part of the team which went ahead of the Governor on the road journey from Imphal to Jiribam and had informed The Sangai Express back then that the report of the works which the team had surveyed would be submitted to the Defence Minister, as the route was then under the Border Roads Organisation.

This was more than 15 years ago and in between there have been many stories of the Imphal-Jiribam Highway, a highway dotted with bailey bridges, with the route reduced to the status of water holes for cattle, during the rainy season.

Many such stories have hit the front page of The Sangai Express with cows, bulls and buffaloes frolicking in the water that had collected plum in the middle of the highway.

This is not a scene lifted from a B Grade Bollywood flick with the village as a throwback, but a scene straight from the second lifeline of Manipur and one wonders what the Government has been doing all these years that have now run into decades.

Now this is 2020 and the question is whether situation has improved.

The Imphal-Noney stretch covering abut 65 kilometres is reportedly in a much better shape now, but remember one here is talking about a 200 km long highway.

Apart from this, the stretch that connects Jiribam and Tamenglong is reportedly in a sorry state and so is the stretch that runs through Sibilong, Makru and Oinamlong. Granted that there could be factors responsible for the shabby state of the highway such as the ongoing railway works and the mountainous terrain through which the highway passes, but this is not how the second lifeline of the State should be maintained.

It was in 2016 that Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation stones for Barak and Makru bridges on this highway, and fast forward 4 years and the bridges are yet to see the light of day.

Verbally criss crossing the entire length and breadth of the State and getting things done at the ground reality are two different things and what happened to the bridge over Irang river should testify this.



* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of e-pao.net. We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.




LATEST IN E-PAO.NET
  • Last Day : Sangai Fest 2019 #3 : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 27 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • Celebration Of Constitution Day
  • Enrollment for Science Olympiads 2021
  • Equally in pandemic
  • Indian Constitution: A document that protects
  • Webinar: Sports Coaching Education
  • Haunting Imphal based media
  • NE Indigenous Women Peace Congregation
  • Ramification Of Manipur's Merger With India
  • The Dying Green Gold of Manipur: Bamboo
  • Ima Keithel - A Lament :: Poem
  • Working whether from office/home is important
  • Beauty care for the winter bride
  • Date with Shah : Not just another visit
  • Ningol Chakouba @ Thanga #1: Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 25 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • Manipur State Journalist Award #2: Gallery
  • Ngaranchan, Asiisii: eMing
  • Manipur War Heroes deported to Kalapani
  • One match & two Man of the Match
  • Capacity building program for Juvenile Justice
  • Filmmaker Haobam Paban Kumar #2
  • COVID-19 Status 24 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • Significance of Ningol Chakkouba festival
  • Stigma, Pandemic & Mental Health Issues
  • Executive Meeting, National Sports University
  • Licypriya wins TN Khoshoo Memorial Award
  • ADB Univ pays tribute to Tarun Gogoi
  • Amit Shah's impending visit to Manipur
  • Muhammad Abdur Rahman: His life & works
  • COVID-19 Status 23 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • 9th Loktak Arson Commemoration Day
  • Brown manuring for effective weed mgmt
  • Possible education trajectory after COVID-19
  • COVID-19 : Impact in Manipur :: News Timeline
  • Memo to Union Education Minister on MU
  • Mantra of test, trace, treat
  • Something is still fishy
  • Mera Houchongba @ Konung #3 : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 22 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • National Unity Day 2020 : Gallery
  • Marriage is no child's play
  • Lady of the House :: Poem
  • A musing on BJP's social upliftment cell
  • Solution must not be undone by dissolution
  • Meitei Inclusivity & Arrival of Thadou Kukis #2
  • COVID-19 Status 21 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • SRISTI-GYTI : Young Tech Innovation Awards
  • SITARE-GYTI : Projects in biotechnology
  • Irang : A bridge not too far
  • Become an NTSE scholar
  • Toll Free Helpline for Children Counselling
  • Condemns move to impose Sanskrit
  • Unwanted season again for no good reason
  • By-election @ Wangoi AC #3 : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 20 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • Retired IPS officer recounts violent period
  • Rural Dreams :: Poem
  • Understanding issues of foreign prisoners
  • AFSPA - Armed forces special power Act
  • Reiterate demand to rollback PDA decision
  • Date with Amit Shah on Nov 29
  • The making of a New India
  • Filmmaker Haobam Paban Kumar #1
  • COVID-19 Status 19 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • Featured Front Page Photo 2020 #5: Gallery
  • Land Commission essential before 6th Sched..
  • A little nobody trying to save everybody
  • Why some people get more acne in winter
  • 95 more positive cases found at Wangoi AC
  • Center losing track on Naga Peace Process
  • Ningol Chakouba @ Imphal #1 : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 18 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • Manipur State Journalist Award #1: Gallery
  • Ningol Chakouba: Thailand Ningol letter
  • NE Indigenous Women Peace Congregation
  • CSI State Student Convention, Assam
  • What I saw from my window ?
  • Growing number of infected & deaths
  • Are we ignoring our courageous mothers
  • Ningols on way to mapam lamdam : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 17 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • Kuki Nationalism & Political Aspiration : Report
  • COVID 19 patient delivers a healthy baby
  • Amur Falcon - A thanksgiving! :: Poem
  • Gender sensitization with law may prove good..
  • House of Poumai in Senapati : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 16 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • Licypriya to address at Mock COP26 UK
  • Social Media and Negativism !
  • Career option in jewellery designing
  • Condemn arrest of student leader in Manipur
  • Morning walk wisdom
  • 'Roll back tax levied on petroleum'
  • My memories of Imphal from 1941 #7
  • COVID-19 Status 15 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • Ningol Chakkouba : A beautiful tradition
  • Ramification Of Manipur's Merger With India
  • Traditional medicinal herb 'Nong-mang-kha'
  • Education and employment
  • The Ani Thokpi culture of the people
  • Potsangbam Tomal Singh (1903 - 1999)
  • COVID-19 Status 14 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • 'Stop the practice of locking of offices'
  • Delights of Diwali :: Poem
  • World Diabetes Day 2020
  • Bond is dead, long live James
  • Make this festive season more memorable
  • By-election @ Wangoi AC #2 : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 13 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • Let difficulties know that you are too difficult..
  • Buy local this Diwali
  • Assam-Mizoram inter State border dispute
  • Beauty tips for the perfect Diwali look
  • Rolling out the red carpet for COVID-19
  • Fulfill the promises Mr. CM
  • CM to be taken into confidence ?
  • Chiuluan village, Tamenglong #1 : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 12 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • Swearing-in of MLAs [Nov 12] : Gallery
  • Naga Peace Process :: News Timeline
  • Cut off and castigated
  • Apathy makes MPSC immune to accountability
  • 'Roll back increase taxation on petrol'
  • Saving democracy
  • Radio Play: social awareness media #2
  • COVID-19 Status 11 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • Veg-in-a-Basket for Ningol Chakouba
  • Academic Council Meeting, NSU, Imphal
  • Lung Cancer: Most common cancer worldwide
  • Disaster risk reduction as career
  • National Education Day at RGU, Doimukh
  • Shopping for Covid ?
  • Left or Right: complex politics of India
  • COVID patient cast vote @Wangoi : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 10 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • Swearing-in of M Rameshwar : Gallery
  • Consequence- massive flouting of protocols
  • Ramification Of Manipur's Merger With India
  • English Bye :: Poem
  • Conflict situation & investment atmosphere
  • Four out of five in by elections
  • Significance of the By-election result
  • By-election @ Wangoi AC #1 : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 09 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • Being vegetarian- hope for a brighter future
  • Observance of National Legal Services Day
  • General Manager NF Railway meet CM N Biren
  • One Rank One Pension (OROP)
  • Demand withdrawal of unjustified fees
  • Politically crucial by polls for some
  • Something needs to be added at RP act
  • Meitei Inclusivity & Arrival of Thadou Kukis #1
  • COVID-19 Status 08 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • Children celebrates b'day by distributing PPE
  • Can E-government curb corruption ?
  • Extempore Speech Competition at Bengoon
  • Sinking boat :: Poem
  • Multiple Positions wanted at SAS Manipur
  • By poll over, now focus on the virus
  • Covid Block at Raj Medicity : Gallery
  • Ningthoujam Raghumani in 2% Indian Scientist
  • COVID-19 Status 07 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • My memories of Imphal from 1941 #6
  • Autumn rain :: Poem
  • Devil inside my head
  • Dedicated Covid Block at Raj Medicity
  • Radio Play: social awareness media #1
  • COVID-19 Status 06 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • IBSD Director, listed among top 2% scientist
  • Gyanendro Ningombam : Hockey India Prez
  • Fix it or be as it is
  • Manipur comes first any day
  • Out Surchandra, in Rameshwar
  • Shifting of Rani Gaidinliu Museum
  • Mera Houchongba @ Konung #2 : Gallery
  • Poster Distribution on COVID-19 : Gallery
  • Champu-Khangpok pledge to protect Loktak
  • What a life ? :: Poem
  • Can India achieve a $ 5 trillion economy
  • Preparing for post Covid era
  • Free and fair by-election: a blatant lie
  • Longa Koireng in Autumn : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 04 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • Training on mushroom @ Moirang : Gallery
  • Meitei Pangal's 4% Reservation in Hr Edu
  • ADBU Prof listed among Top Scientists
  • Beauty benefits of amla
  • NH7 Weekender announces lineup
  • DESAM, AIMS, ANSAM on target
  • Ramification: Manipur's Merger With India
  • COVID-19 Status 03 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • Untimely demise of Ksh Borish : Gallery
  • Admission- MSc Food Tech at CFTRI Mysuru
  • Is the inevitable on its way ?
  • Blood Donation Camp at Loktak Project
  • Mind, Body, Soul- Let there be imbalance!
  • Condemn Police delay to arrest in rape case
  • Climbing cases and deaths
  • Covid conspiracies- pandemic or opportunity?
  • Play the Pena !
  • COVID-19 Status 02 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • Economic backwardness of hills of Manipur
  • RIST Talk -46 : Nobel Prize in Physics, 2020
  • Demise of Ksh Borish, student at IISER, Pune
  • Importance of early detection in breast cancer
  • My fake aficionado :: Poem
  • Highway of bailey bridges !
  • Disconnected dreams
  • Origin of Manipuri Vowel Diacritic '-aatap'
  • COVID-19 Status 01 Nov : Govt of Manipur
  • November Calendar for Year 2020 : Tools
  • Winter Vegetable Seeds Distribution : Gallery
  • My memories of Imphal from 1941 #5
  • Alibaba and 35 patriots
  • NDPP extends appreciation to electorate
  • Raising the call for a Greater Lim
  • Mera Houchongba @ Konung #1 : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 31 Oct : Govt of Manipur
  • MoU between IBSD Manipur & ICT Mumbai
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Program at Pune
  • Depression blues :: Poem
  • Understanding the undercurrents together
  • By-Election campaign & COVID-19 pandemic
  • General strike at Minuthong #2: Gallery
  • COVID-19 awareness bike rally :: Gallery
  • Rs 1.42 lakh : assistance to 5 journalists
  • Solar power plants using rivers in Manipur
  • Sagolshem Indrakumar : Manipuri writer died
  • General strike at Minuthong #1: Gallery
  • Foot bridges in Imphal City #1 : Gallery
  • Bhagyachandra Anniv @Nabadwip : Gallery
  • NH 2 cut off at Khongnem (Mao) : Gallery
  • Tarao Laimanai in Chandel #3 : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 23 Oct : Govt of Manipur
  • Eyek Tamba :: Learn the Manipuri script
  • Emergency Meeting on COVID-19 : Gallery
  • Yubi Lakpi Manipur indigenous game: Gallery
  • Langban Lam-Haiba at Andro #1: Gallery
  • Imphal valley from Tuikhang Aimol : Gallery
  • Downloadable Manipuri Calendar :: 2021
  • COVID Care Centre @UNACCO #2: Gallery
  • Brahmacharimayum Roji: Actress #2 : eRang
  • 'Zehara' - Manipuri Movie :: eRang Classic
  • SPONSORED ADS