Bridge Connecting Remote Arunachal District Near China Border Washed Away

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Strategic Bridge Connecting Remote Arunachal District Near China Border Washed Away

The Aalo-Mechuka Road is key to transport of essential items, medicines and people among other things


Road connectivity to the remote Shi-Yomi district in Arunachal Pradesh has been snapped after a bridge was washed away in the floods triggered by incessant rains over the last couple of days, officials said on Friday.

Shi-Yomi district, bordering China, was cut-off from the rest of the country after the RCC bridge (reinforced cement concrete) near Yapik village on the Aalo-Mechuka Road was washed away on Wednesday night, they said.

Transportation of people and essential commodities to the remote district will be badly affected as it is likely to take days to restore the bridge, the officials said, adding that people travelling between Mechuka and Aalo have been left stranded.

Expressing serious concern over the incident, state Assembly Speaker Pasang D Sona, who represents the district, has urged the Border Roads Organization (BRO) to restore the bridge on war footing.

In a letter to the chief engineer of Project Brahmank of the BRO based in East Siang district, the speaker said the Aalo-Mechuka Road "is the key and strategic road for movement of people, transportation of essential commodities, life-saving drugs, construction material, and movement of defence personnel in the entire Shi-Yomi district".

He said that due to the inclement weather, supply of essential items and evacuation of emergency patients through sorties will also not be possible.

The bridge is required to be constructed on war footing to restore the connectivity and to mitigate the problems, Mr Sona said, urging the BRO chief engineer to take immediate action.

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