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CM announce Rs One cr for a new bridge at Seppa ITANAGAR, Nov 3: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today announced an amount of Rs 1 crore for construction of another suspension bridge over River Kameng in Seppa, district headquarters of East Kameng, in place of the one that snapped on October 29. At least hundred people, mostly women and children, had squeezed on the suspension bridge to catch insects of a particular breed, which is a delicacy in this part of the region. Tuki visited Seppa this morning along with Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjoy and MLAs of the district. After visiting the site of the tragedy he made the announcement in a meeting with officials and leaders of the district at Kameng Hall and asserted that the bridge should be completed by March 2012. He also handed over the cheque of Rs 19 lakhs as ex-gratia for the victims and another cheque of Rs 6 lakhs from UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi to Deputy Commissioner Tope Bam. A condolence message from Mrs Gandhi was also read out by the Chief Minister. The Chief Minister expressed regret that a preventable tragedy had struck and appealed senior and educated members of the society to aware the innocent and gullible citizens on self-created dangers. While conveying his condolences for those who died in the mishap, Tuki prayed for early recovery of the injured. He directed the district administration to continue the search operation more vigorously to trace out all the missing persons. Local MLA of Seppa Tapak Taku appreciated the visit of the Chief Minister to Seppa at this hour of grief & sorrow. Sanjoy suggested that bereaved families should be immediately provided ex-gratia. He said that new Bridge should be constructed at the earliest, as it is the life line for the people of Old Seppa and New Seppa. According to official reports five people have died in the accident while eleven are still missing. At least ten persons are seriously injured and more than thirty-seven received minor injuries. The bridge, constructed in the year 1987-88 and commissioned in 1992, connected Seppa township with New Seppa, a thriving extension of the district headquarters. Search operation by the Indian Army, CRPF and state Police with support from locals is going on round the clock. ANSU blames PWD, questions Army, DA on rescue operation Seppa Bridge mishap ITANAGAR, Nov 3: All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) that was part of the search operation blamed the district administration for their failure to initiate immediate action when the mishap occurred. It said that local police team arrived with gun and sticks instead of being equipped with emergency medical team and required materials for rescue operation. It was the local residents who fearlessly jumped into the river and saved the lives of many people. It said that the government should reward those citizens who risked their lives to save the lives of others. The Union said that PWD did not carry out routine inspectio

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