Tribin bridge collapse victims demand justice

Bridge was incomplete: EE | Restoration order given: Gadi

By Our Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR | Feb 27 | The victims of suspension foot bridge at Tribin, which had collapsed recently, have demanded compensation and thorough probe into its collapse that had left five injured.

The wire rope foot suspension bridge built as a contract job but without following general guidelines and using sub-standard materials,  West Siang DCC president Marpin Bassar claimed while talking to  media persons at Arunachal Press Club here today. Terming the accident very unfortunate, he further said that there is no sign board for weight bearing capacity on either side of the bridge which led to the mishap .

However, PWD Bassar division without proper verification cleared the bills worth Rs 29 lakh, he claimed, adding engineers should have verified the work quality as per laid down norms. Holding the PWD engineers/officers equally responsible along with contractors, Basar, social workers Bai Jilen and Merma Jilen Marpin alleged that an enquiry is yet to begin despite FIR registration against PWD Basar division, routed through the SP, copy given to Tribin EAC and assurance of Tribin police station OC for  early probe on February 23 last, Marpin claimed.

It is a matter of great concern for one and all that the newly built  bridge  collapsed for which the local people have been demanding a probe, they said, adding Capital Complex All Jelin Welfare Society unit has supported the demands, including immediate suspension of those guilty, free and fair probe, dealing with the guilty as per law, speedy restoration, early grant of compensation to all victims including their medical expenses and early fund sanction for vehicle for Tribin PS. Local MLA being the elected representative of the area should be  held responsible for showing no interest in the episode, they charged.

The bridge was incomplete and not worthy for so many public movement, WCD & SJETA Parliamentary Secretary-cum-local MLA Gojen Gadi said, when contacted. A party went for a carol, out of whom many crossed on foot as the river with less water. But the bridge collapsed when few were crossing over it, he said, adding PWD authority has been directed for immediate restoration of the bridge.

Terming the incident unfortunate, Gadi wished early recovery of the injured victims.

When contacted,  PWD Bassar division EE Tahi Doke said that the launching pad, foot foundation and anchor block completed in 2015 after resuming works in 2013-14. The second phase was started for erection of wire ropes etc and the completion certificate was not issued for either inauguration or public utility, through there were no signboard erected on either side of the incomplete bridge. The local people who are aware of it tried to cross it but it collapsed due to over load leading to the mishap. Local MLA has He also admitted that instructed for early restoration which is under consideration, he informed.

Perpok Jilen, aone of the victims,  said that On the fateful night of  February 15 around 9 to 9.30 PM when they were returning home after a carol party the bridge collapse and more than 11 people were drowned in the river. All of them were rescued but five had sustained serious injuries, who were first taken to district hospital at Aalo before evacuating to Itanagar for proper treatment. No compensation has been received from any authority so far neither the bridge has been repaired.

He urged the GoAP to conduct a probe to initiate  action against those guilty.

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