Imphal: Taking cognisance of the repeated road accidents and loss of lives at Likhru bridge on the Imphal-Dimapur road (National Highway 2), various organisations in Manipur’s Senapati district have appealed to the state government to address the issue at the earliest.

On May 15, one more heavy truck fell into the Likhuri river from the bridge, killing its conductor. As per reports, the driver is still untraceable.

The Likharu bridge is located between Chakumei and Makhan in Senapati district, around 85 km from Imphal.

Incidentally, on May 12, a wheat-laden truck loaded also fell on the same site, claiming the lives of the driver and handyman on the spot.

As per locals, similar road accidents have been witnessed over the years on the same bridge due to narrow and bad road conditions.

Soon after the accident on Sunday, irate locals and various Senapati-based organisations, led by Mao Youth Organisation, imposed an indefinite blockade along the Imphal-Dimapur stretch.

Hours later, however, the blockade was lifted after the local MLAs L Dikho and N Kayisii visited the site along with NHIDCL officials and assured them of taking up the matter with the state government.

“They (MLAs) have given us a clear assurance that they will look into the matter and talk with the state government so that the condition of the road is improved. In the next few days, if the state government does not take any action, we will be resorting to another indefinite blockade along the national highway,” said one of the locals.

“We hope that the state government will look the matter because the bridge is too narrow and too many precious lives had been lost in this particular area,” he added.

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