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Friday, October 30, 2009

Silchar-Shillong road will remain close today

SILCHAR, Oct 29: The Silchar-Shillong road would remain closed for at least 24 hours on Friday as the four-decade-old Bailey bridge at Gumra along the Assam-Meghalaya border would be repaired. The bridge, constructed in 1971, recently developed some cracks at certain joints.

It was reported that Public Works Department (PWD) (NH) engineers had earlier inspected the cracks on the bridge and it was decided that the bridge needs to be repaired immediately. It was also reported that further delay in repairing the bridge might create serious problems in communication process. Moreover, this road connects South Assam, Mizoram and Tripura along with the rest of the country.

A PWD (NH) source said they will try to complete the repairing work within 24 hours. A separate six-feet long bridge would be installed over the existing one, the source said. THE SENTINEL

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