On November 27, the Indian Army completed the reconstruction of Irang Bridge in Taubam village of Tamenglong District. This helped restore the section of NH-37 connecting Imphal and Jiribam, much to the relief of locals stranded due to severing off of the most important lifeline of Manipur.
The old bridge had collapsed on November 1 which resulted in the falling of a sand-laden truck into the fast-flowing Irang River.
Upon receiving the requisition for aid from the State Govt on November 2, specialised engineers of the Spear Corps were tasked to undertake the re-construction of the Irang Bridge. The re-construction work involved dismantling of a disused bridge at Tengnoupal, transporting the bridging stores over 152 km to the bridge site, and launching the bridge over River Irang.
Re-construction work on the bridge started on November 9, and due to structural issues, the bridge could not be launched initially. Fresh Bailey bridge stores were provisioned by the Border Roads Organisation from Tezpur and were shifted to the bridge site within two days by the Army. The fresh launching of the bridge commenced on November 23 and was completed on November 27.
N Biren Singh, the Chief Minister of Manipur inaugurated the bridge and opened it for the general traffic on Wednesday. Speaking on the occasion, the CM commended and thanked the Indian Army and NHIDCL for their efforts in the execution of the task.
Even citizens appreciated the skill, speed, and commitment of the Indian Army jawans who took upon this challenge and professionally delivered the same.