Post Mortem

Beware of the dilapidated Nagarjan Bridge

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 7/10/2019 11:59:43 AM IST

 As the road repairing works from 3rd mile to Nagarjan Police point is almost touching to the ending point, plying of vehicles on this route has become more comfortable and faster also for which traffic jam is also increasing day by day totally unmindful by all motorists of the bridge condition. On my query, the traffic police said that all the component i.e, the constituent part of the bridge have  caved in and rested on the main column of the bridge hence it wouldn’t further cave in unless something unexpected natural calamity like a strong earthquake occur. Yes, humanly it is a convincing explanation. But one thing we should never forget that the original foundation of this British era bridge must had badly tilted both sides at the time of digging for the foundation of the upcoming bridge now under construction. Besides, heavy rainfall in the past three days, rising water level of all the rivers, there is threat of flash floods, landslides and mud slides following a heavy to very heavy rains in the coming days in the entire north east as per skymet weather report appearing in all local papers of this morning. In that case, the question arises as to how far the already dilapidated Nagarjan Bridge can withstand the strong current of the Dhansiri River in the event of incessant rains for days and nights as per weather reports. To avert any untoward incident of disastrous nature involving  loss of precious human lives (God forbids), it will be in the fitness of the matter for the authority concerned to take immediate action to the extent of inspecting the present condition of the bridge to see its  worthiness of taking the present load of daily vehicular fleets  and also even to the extent of minimising the  present quantum of vehicular traffics  on this bridge as a precautionary measure which will also go a long way in reducing the present traffic jams on this route.   

N.A. Kasar, 

Kuda Village, Dimapur

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