Imphal, Aug 27:
In a recurring expression of concern, the residents of Lamsang have pointed to the Public Works Department’s (PWD) lackluster approach towards infrastructure projects, a trend disturbingly prevalent across Manipur. The Uripok-Kangchup road, especially the alternative route near the Lamsang Bazar Bridge, became the latest victim of this negligence on Saturday.
The problematic decision to opt for a culvert instead of a temporary bridge came to the fore as swelling river waters overflowed, causing significant disruptions. This oversight not only impacted vehicular traffic but put pedestrians from Taothong, Block Lamkhai, and Haorang, who rely on the Lamsang Bazar for daily needs, at immense risk. The lack of a footpath over the culvert adds to the danger, posing a particular threat to school children and the elderly.
Local resident Dutta lamented, “Our concerns have echoed for two years, through media and direct appeals to government officials. Instead of addressing it with a temporary bridge, we’re witnessing this mess.” Drawing attention to recent disturbances, he further stated, “With current conflict and persisting violence in areas like Phayeng, Kadangband, and Singda, the injured often need this route for medical attention. The current state arising out of PWD’s gross negligence could indeed cost lives.”
Another resident, Chaobi, highlighted the immediate hazards of the route, saying, “A mere 15-minute shower makes the path treacherously slippery. This jeopardizes the safety of women selling vegetables, who transport their produce by bicycle, and two-wheelers in general, making them vulnerable to accidents.”
Imphal Times had reported a similar issue from the same region some months ago, underscoring the persistent neglect by authorities. Despite the repeated red flags, the requisite measures ensuring public safety and uninterrupted economic activities remain conspicuously absent.