Gangtok: Troops of the Indian Army with assistance from Border Road Organization and civil administration completed the second Bailey bridge over the Teesta River at Mangan-Sankalang.
This has enabled the move of vehicles and provision of relief material to the flood-affected areas.
“Due to the width of the river at the crossing site and an island having formed, the decision was taken to launch two bridges. The first bridge was completed on 22 October. Working round the clock, the second bridge was completed on 26 October 23. The two bridges were inaugurated by Pintso Lepcha, MLA of Dzongu, North Sikkim, in the presence of officials of the Indian Army, BRO and Civil Administration.” said BRO.
Engineer Troops of the Trishakti Corps along with several heavy-moving plants were employed for this massive two-bridge operation. This is a very rare bridge construction with two Bailey Bridges.
Meanwhile, areas of North Sikkim ahead of Mangan have remained cut off since October 4. As an immediate response, footbridges and zip lines were constructed at Chungthang and Sanklang-Mangan Crossing. These have enabled the movement of people on foot and the provision of relief material through the zip lines established.
As an immediate relief to restore connectivity up to Chungthang via the alternate route Mangan- Sanklang- Theng – Chungthang, troops of Trishakti Corps are undertaking construction of a bailey bridge at Mangan-Sanklang Crossing, 200 metres upstream of where a bamboo bridge and Zip line was constructed earlier.
However, the width of the river has increased to 600 feet, with water running along two channels with a 160 feet island in between. The decision was therefore taken to construct two separate bridges. Working on a war footing, the Army finished construction of the 150 feet long first bridge on October 22.