Shillong News | TURA, May 16, 2018
Despite alarm being raised on the deplorable conditions of the timber bridges in Garo Hills, no serious action was taken by the authority concerned to repair these bridges which are a disaster in waiting. And yesterday, this negligence has claimed the life of a 36-year-old man, who died after he fell off a dilapidated timber bridge which was missing a few planks.
It was informed that the deceased identified as Anand Borah, resident of Tura, lost his life in a tragic accident which occured last night on the old Rongkhon bridge on the outskirts of Tura, though the matter was reported only this morning to the police.
“We received information at about 8:30 am this morning about the incident after which a police team from Chandmari visited the spot. The body of the victim was recovered and has been taken for a post mortem and details are awaited,” said West Garo Hills SP, Dr MGR Kumar.
Police reports suggested that the car that Borah was driving, got stuck near the end of the bridge as there were no planks on it. The vehicle, a Swift Dzire, bore registration ML 08E 0440. Borah is from the Fancy Valley locality of Tura.
“We are of the opinion that as it was at night and he may have got down to check his car and as there was no timber, he missed his footing and fell down the gorge and may have died due to the fall. This is still conjecture at the moment and we will be able to provide further details after investigation,” said Dr Kumar.
The gorge over the bridge is about 5-7 meters in height.
Ground reports stated that the bridge had been unused for quite some time after the formation of the new bridge at Rongkhon. However despite the bridge not being used, there were no warning signs posted to inform residents of the condition of the bridge – a must due to the nature of the bridge itself.
“The people for whom this tragedy occurred need to be taken to task. Why was there no warning sign before the bridge when the bridge was unusable? This is criminal negligence and a precious waste of human life,” said angry resident of Tura on the condition of anonymity.