Guwahati/ 28th August’2017 (Prag News Desk): After being closed in April for repair, the 50-year-old Matijuri bridge over Katakhal river is still away from meeting its closure. Over one lakh people of Hailakandi district are facing extreme difficulties due to this closure.
The State Road Board division of the PWD is now speeding up the repair work, the process that had began on August 18 last and it likely to be completed within the next couple of days.
Rabin Kumar Das, Assistant Executive Engineer of the State Road Board division in Hailakandi, who is the incharge of the repairing work stated that Rs 16 lakh has been released for the repairing of the damaged 36-square metre area of the bridge.
The Matijuri bridge was constructed by Gammon India, 50 years back and so far, 25 mechanical engineers have been engaged to complete the repair of the same.
The bridge is the only connector for the people of Hailakandi who are highly dependent on this bridge while going to Assam University, National Institute of Technology (NIT), Silchar Medical College and Hospital, Polytechnic, Veterinary Hospital etc.
Matijuri road is connected to Silchar via Hailakandi. The people opted for this road journey to Silchar via Dwarbond because of the scenic beauty on both sides of the road. The bridge has utmost importance considering the needs of the university goers and patients from Hailakandi.
To provide respite from the recurring rainfall, two engine boats of the Inland Water Transport Department with a capacity of 160 passengers each have been placed alongwith two country boats for crossing the river, informed Das.
However, the people of the locality have demanded that the timings of the boats should be extended upto 10 pm. They also alleged that the engine boats are defective and may cause a major accident anytime in the middle of the river.
The people of the locality have demanded the construction of a new bridge as the existing bridge is feeble for vehicular movement. To which, Mr.Das informed that the department is preparing a detailed project report (DPR) for a new bridge in the area which would be submitted soon.