GUWAHATI: Supply of essential commodities and transportation to Tripura, Mizoram as well as parts of Assam has been badly hit due to the deteriorated condition of the Dwar Ksuid Umroi Bridge-Shillong bypass.
The Shillong bypass was a dream project of Meghalaya constructed under NHAI. The Shillong bypass was 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.
However, due to the closure of the bypass for more than a month and traffic congestion created in Shillong city, transportation and supply of goods to several parts of Assam and other NE states was 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 during night hours, due to a similar ‘weak’ condition of the Umiam Bridge, authorities in Meghalaya have restricted the movements of all vehicles exceeding a total gross weight of 20 MTs.
“Due to the prevailing situation, all vehicles are reaching their destinations after 4-5 days than their expected time because of no entry and vehicular traffic in Shillong city. The Meghalaya government must take immediate action on repairing the damaged bridge of Umroi to ease of plying the heavy motor vehicles on Shillong Bypass,” said traders.
Meanwhile, 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.