BRO completes launch of Karu Siku

From Our Correspondent

Itagar, Feb 18: Scoring yet another milestone in constructing roads at the Indo- Chi Border, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) completed the launch of one more Bailey bridge (120 feet DDR) over the mamoth Karu Siko on the prestigious Tama Chung Chung –Taksing road.

The bridge which was iugurated by Maj Gen Ashok Dhingra, GOC 56 Infantry Division on February 7 last marked the culmition of long treacherous trek undertaken by the GOC along with Cdr 22 Infantry Brigade, for a distance of more than 8 km.

The Bailey bridge, one of the most remote in Upper Subansiri district till date and the first to be constructed ahead of Tama Chung Chung village was particularly challenging because of the daunting logistics and harsh weather at the site.

The bridge was constructed on a steep rocky cliff along the western bank of the rrow Subansiri valley, covered by snow on the peaks. During winters, the mere act of being present at the site and physically handling the cold metal of Bailey bridge components- is a task in itself. Undeterred by the vagaries of weather, difficult terrain and lack of backspace for launching, personnel of 128 RCC under 23 BRTF under the aegis of CE (P) Arunk with local construction workers from nearby villages of Tama Chung Chung, Orak and some from as far as Limeking took up this challenge and the indomitable spirit of 128 RCC/ 23 BRTF prevailed.

The bridge had to be launched using innovative methods and was launched at a skew angle of more than 25 degree from its intended alignment. It was later on swung back to its origil alignment adopting innovative technique. The launching of the Bailey bridge will greatly facilitate all weather induction of machinery and equipments critical to accelerate completion of the tough TCC-Taksing road – in the times to come, a press release informed here today.