Prompt action saves capital lifeline

* Dree ground point restoration on with war footing: EE

By Pradeep Kumar

NAHARLAGUN | Jul 02 | Alerted over possibility of swelling water of perennial Barpani river that could lead to collapse of an electric pole and tall tree on Barpani bridge here, the lifeline between Naharlagun and Itanagar,  EAC Hento Karga as desired by DC Prince Dhawan swung to action to neutralise the threat.

An electric pole, already in hanging position (As highlighted by this editor on 19.03.17) and a tall tree got tilted with their roots getting loosened with water level rising much above the danger level due to monsoon fury on Saturday evening. Those were likely to collapse and could have blocked or even damage the 1978-built bridge along NH-415, the only link between the twin capital cities of Naharlagun and Itanagar.

Karga mobilised men and machines, blocked traffic movement over the bridge at 10 pm and cut the tree logs into pieces which were shifted by JCB to nearby safer zone, the pole was uprooted by 12.35 before allowing vehicular  traffic movement. I saw this while returning from Itanagar after the usual duty with other staffs.

The team included Naharlagun PWD division EE Nani Tath, AE (highway) Debia Takap and police personnel

Had Karga would not have been alert,  the lifeline of the Capital would have been delinked.

A new pole was installed at the same point today, Karga confirmed.

Meanwhile, the restoration work at Dree ground along NH-415 today begun on war footing.

“We have deployed three PC machines, 2 JCBs and working day and night basis with support of M/s TK Engineering for immediate completion”, Tath said.

Normal restoration work was not possible. Thus, it is better to create a diversion road for the traffic movement for which machine have been deployed and earth cutting toward hill side began on Saturday  evening. Though the traffic movement have been standstill since Friday night after the said stretch algorithm the culvert collapsed, and we are hopeful that /road would be ready latest by Monday evening to facilitate traffic movement from Tuesday evening subject to weather condition, Tath added.

Water supply to restore soon: EE

Fitters and mechanic along with supervisors against all challenges have working round the clock for restoration of water supply pipeline at various locations, PHE EE Tadar Mangku said, adding he nature created lots of inconvenience to the people of Capital Complex. However, the restoration would be possible very soon with clear weather.

Our reporter adds: Landslide at more than 10 places have been reported between Itanagar-Naharlagun have been reported.

At washed away Dree ground point, security personnel have been deployed to avoid any untoward incident, Papum Pare sp and Capital I/C  Tumme Amo said .

Itanagar PHE AE Debia Padang informed this daily that 200-mm dia water supply pipeline was damaged at various location between Mowb-II and RK Mission in Niti Vihar area and 450-mm dia supply line at Poma affecting water supply to vast areas.

The supply line at Lapu Nallah at Senki View, Pot Nallah at Lobi and supply line between Papu Nallah and Donyi-Polo Vidya Bhawan areas were also damaged at various location but restoration works have been taken up on war footing , Padang added.

Capital DIPRO reported late night: Heavy damages to roads, culverts, dwelling houses and other infrastructure in Capital Complex were reported to EOC due to incessant rainfall for the last 48 hours.

Capital DC-cum-DDMA Dhawan alerted all stakeholders were to take prompt  actions immediately reacting to the calls received.

There was a heavy landslide in lobby area which has been almost cleared for single vehicular movement by the PWD CD-A. Debris accumulated on way to Jollang and Lobby Panchali have been cleared by PWD capital division  B & A respectively. Settlers residing along Senki river of Upper valley colony under Chandanagar have been most affected as the river crossed the danger level and caused damages to Govt and public properties.

Dhawan with Itanagar EAC, DDMO and FODM visited the spot and ordered people to evacuate immediately to a safer place or to Gyan Ganga  School where a temporary relief camp was setup.

The debris and mud accumulated in drains/culverts/roads due to heavy rainfall in A-sector, Damsite, Pachin, Polo Park under Naharlagun have been cleared by PWD Naharlagun.

The  DC-led team visited all damage sites and asked people to take extra preventive measures to save their lives. And to call EOC for any help or queries which is active 24×7.

A fervent appeal was made to the denizens not to panic but to comply with DM orders to shift to safer places for those who are residing in vulnerable areas and stop entry of heavy vehicles to the Barpani bridge and take extra preventive measures to safeguard yourself  in person and society as a whole.

The team with PWD EE inspected the electric pole near Barpani bridge prone to disaster and might cause loss of lives and properties.

The DCs directed to place iron bars to stop entry of heavy vehicles to the bridge  and banned entry of heavy vehicles  and directed to act accordingly.

Namsai: When contacted, Deputy CM Chowna Mein informed that despite heavy rain triggered flood in various rivers no untoward incident has been reported so far.

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