Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Phimchu bridged

Vishnu Neopaney

A bridge across Phimchu, a stream in north Sikkim ahead of Lachen towards Thangu, was washed away by a flash-flood on 10 September cutting off the regions further north and inconveniencing not just the few locals who reside that far north in Sikkim but also the sizeable army and ITBP deployment there. Vehicular connectivity was an urgent requirement, and despite inclement weather, the Border Roads Organisation spanned the khola and restored connectivity in 11 days.
A 140 feet long Bailey Bridge was successfully re-launched across Phimchu on 21 September, informs BRO Commandant Bijay Sarkar.
Speaking to NOW! over the phone, the Commandant informed that the original Phimchu Bridge on the Chungthang-Lachen road was constructed by 86 RCC on 02 August, 1993. As for the restoration, he informed that Capt. Prikshet Sharma and his team worked hard to have the bridge in place in the fastest time.

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