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Deplorable Dimapur-Peren road
Administrator  |  14 Jul 2011 4:43:AM

Citizen Journalist: P. Sema
        With the onset of rainy season, the Dimapur-Peren road via ARTC&S Shoxuvi is once again transformed to its pathetic condition. It is the shortest route connecting Dimapur district with Peren district and an important life line for Peren district. The road crossing Sapkhu River,near ARTC & School is one major spot where, each year, travelers experience the road’s terrible condition. Since there is no bridge over the river, travelers frequently face untold problems. To add to the woes, even the road leading to the river without bridge is very steep and rains make it so slippery that it tests the nerves of drivers to the limit. Sometimes vehicles get bogged down in the river bed’s slippery soil. Flash floods occur during heavy rains making it dangerous for vehicles to cross the river. There have been instances when vehicles were even washed down stream. This year due to ARTC & S, Shoxuvi, the Assam Rifles have using excavators to maintain the road and also pull out vehicles trapped in the river bed. Phushito Ayemi, president, Aqahuto Area GB’s Union had expressed heartfelt gratitude to Brig. Vijay Singh SM, Commandant, ARTC & School, Shoxuvi, his deputy, Col. A.K. Gera, all other officers and NCOs for helping travelers . It may be mentioned that about 20 years back government started work for construction of a bridge over Sapkhu River but due to reasons best known, the department soon halted works after erection of two bases on the river bed. Ever since, there has been no news as the two abandoned bases bear mute testimony. Moreover, water from Khopanala River cause threat on the road between Shoxuvi and 7th Mile. The road leading to the bridge at Khopanala is being eroded away by flood water, due to improper embankment along the river. The hill section of the road which is only a few kilometers is also in a sorry state. Improper drainage and culverts besides rain are causing landslides in the hill section of the road. Villagers from surrounding villages have had to do the job of clearing the debris. The road and bridges department need to look into the pathetic condition before the road disappears underneath slide and rubble.