Work on the restoration of the Dwar Ksuid bridge’s side wall was completed today.
The previous wall had collapsed, thereby posing a grave danger to commuters and heavy vehicles that use the route on the Shillong Bypass.
On November 16, the District Magistrate of Ri-Bhoi imposed an order under Section 144 of the CrPC to prohibit the plying of vehicles in excess of 30 tonnes over the Dwar Ksuid bridge and the plying of two heavy vehicles at the same time over the bridge. A landslide had occurred a few days prior due to overloaded vehicles using the bridge and causing soil erosion, eyewitnesses had said.
Speaking to this reporter over the phone, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) project director Anand Singh Chauhan said movement of public vehicles is now permitted according to the weight limit set by the government.
When asked about the new replacement bridge being built near the old Dwar Ksuid bridge, Chauhan said that the construction is ongoing and will be completed in the next five to six months.