The Shillong bypass
GUWAHATI: Provide of fundamental commodities and transportation to Tripura, Mizoram in addition to parts of Assam has been badly hit because of the deteriorated condition of the Dwar Ksuid Umroi Bridge-Shillong bypass.
The Shillong bypass was once a dream project of Meghalaya constructed under NHAI. The Shillong bypass was once made to decongest the traffic in the city of Shillong from trucks and heavy vehicles coming from or moving towards northeastern parts of Assam and other states like Mizoram and Tripura.
The damaged bridge in Meghalaya
Alternatively, because of the closure of the bypass for more than a month and traffic congestion created in Shillong city, transportation and provide of goods to several parts of Assam and other NE states was once affected.
The bypass has been closed for over a month for maintenance.
Though the deputy commissioner of Ri-Bhoi district, Nongpoh, allowed the plying of goods carrying vehicles and others via Shillong city right through night hours, because of a similar ‘weak’ condition of the Umiam Bridge, authorities in Meghalaya have restricted the movements of all vehicles exceeding a complete gross weight of 20 MTs.
“Because of the prevailing situation, all vehicles are reaching their destinations after 4-5 days than their expected time on account of no entry and vehicular traffic in Shillong city. The Meghalaya government will have to take instant action on repairing the damaged bridge of Umroi to ease of plying the heavy motor vehicles on Shillong Bypass,” said traders.
Meantime, on Tuesday, Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma discussed the issues related to the Umiam bypass bridge with his officials. He discussed logistical and alternative arrangements, taking to account sustainability and safety aspects while ensuring traffic is managed and no further damage done to the bridge.