The state government has been ordered by the Meghalaya high court to adopt measures to prevent heavy vehicles from using the Umiam Bridge.
Moreover, the order was issued by a two-judge panel of the Meghalaya high court, led by chief justice Sanjib Banerjee and justice W Diengdoh.
The high court bench, while hearing public interest litigation (PIL), stated that the bridge on Umiam Dam may not be able to handle the current traffic load for long.
The situation begs for a quick fix so that Shillong is not shut off due to the lack of a bridge across a reservoir, according to the Meghalaya high court bench.
According to the high court bench, the state must promptly restrict traffic flow along the bridge.
Vehicles carrying more than 10 metric tonnes are not permitted on the bridge, according to the statement. The bridge cannot be used by two large trucks at the same time.
Meghalaya High Court orders to begin planning for bridge replacement
The state administration has also been ordered by the Meghalaya high court to begin planning work for a bridge replacement as soon as possible before it falls.
The court further stated that the Meghalaya government might request assistance from the federal government to ensure that the route to the state capital remains open.