Foundation stone for Motbung bridge river laid

Imphal: Works minister Thongam Biswajit Singh on Friday laid the foundation stone of Motbung Bailey Bridge over Imphal River at Motbung, Kangpokpi district and assured completion of the project by 2022.

The bridge connects National Highway-2 to Pukhao Kanglatongbi and is a major connectivity point for the surrounding villages. He assured to take up work on the 21 km long road connecting the highway to Pukhao Kanglatongbi at the earliest, Biswajit said.

The reconstruction of the bridge will improve connectivity from the national highway to villages like Thingsat, N Khobung, Ballot and N. Chaljang located on the eastern side of the river, he added.

The old bridge was washed away by flood in 2015.

PHED, printing and stationery minister L Dikho said to bring development in the state it is necessary to maintain peace. Bandhs and blockades cause huge loss of revenue, he said.

MLA Ngamthang Haokip said the area is inhabited by different communities and that the bridge is important for connectivity in the area. He said it is the responsibility of the people of the area to ensure that there is no disturbance during the construction work period.

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