Imphal: The Rongmei Naga Students’ Organisation Manipur (RNSOM) has expressed gratitude to the state government for the completion of the long-awaited and historic Makru Bridge, one of the key bridges on the Imphal-Jiribam stretch of National Highway (NH) 37.

The construction work of Makru Bridge was started in May 2017 after CM N Biren Singh laid the foundation stone. The historic bridge is being constructed as a double-lane bridge with a length of 124 m.

On Monday, prior to the official inauguration of the historic Makru Bridge by Union minister Nitin Gadkari and CM N Biren Singh on July 8, the students’ body inspected the Imphal-Jiribam highway, the second lifeline of the state.

Expressing appreciation for the completion of the long-awaited Makru Bridge, RNSOM president Daichui said that they are also satisfied with the progress of the ongoing Irang and Barak Bridges which are under construction.

It further claimed that 70 per cent of the highway is in good shape while 30 per cent needs special attention because of the way it was built by sub-contractors.

The student body appealed to the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL) to closely monitor the work considering the topography of the areas and maintain the angle of slope gradient while building it.

“The reason for speedy deteriorating of NH-37 is because of the way it was built. It should be built is such a way that there is no stagnant water. And all the water along the highway must runs directly to the drain,” RNSOM said.

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RNSOM further stated that the visiting team also met the construction company BIPL on the spot and assured every support to the developmental projects taken by them.

They also appealed to the NHIDCL to focus on quality of work and abstain from any whitewashing of the second lifeline of the state.

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