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Rains worsen road subsidence

A Manipur-bound truck being pulled by a tractor near KMC garbage dump, Monday. (NP)
Correspondent Kohima,Aug 25(NPN)
Published on 26 Aug. 2008 12:54 AM IST
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Despite efforts of the BRTF to keep the roadline between Kohima and Dimapur open to all traffic, furious works at the subsidence near the KMC garbage dump has not improved the condition but instead, only worsened due to heavy rains. Twenty one days of round the clock repair by the BRTF has not made much difference over the stretch which suffered from landslides in 1990,1999 and 2008. The BRTF deputed about 75 manual laborers,16 Technicians one JCB and one Tractor with two officials to the site since August 4 with other assistance from the police and district administration. Each day, depending on fair weather, a little over one hundred trucks are able to pass through the treacherous incline with help from tractors and JCB deployed at the site. DC Kohima Sechopra Vero, who was also at the site interacted with BRTF officers besides supervising the works being done at the subsidence area. He lauded the effort of the BRTF and Police for their tireless services for the last few days. Trucks carrying essential commodities, petroleum/LPG products are being allowed to pass from 5:00 am till 12:00 midnight. However, due to heavy rains the road condition has deteriorated resulting in more trucks being stranded on both sides. When contacted BRTF officers said that despite round the clock work being done to fill up the subsidence, the road stretch continues to sink and presently has sunk to a depth of around eight to nine metres. Some 300 trips of quarry stones and 65 trips of boulder stones were dumped during the past few days. Other goods-laden trucks have been stranded for the last two weeks or more.Most of the trucks carrying more than eight to nine tons are unable to drive through the soft earth and steep gradient. The disruption of road communication has resulted in prices of various commodities shooting up in Kohima. For instance tomato sells at Rs.40 per kilogram, potato at Rs.25 per kilogram, onion at Rs.40 per kilogram etc. Small quantities of essential commodities are transported by Tata mobiles and small vehicles via Bye pass –Jotsoma Road.

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