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Poor conditions of roads in Nagaland
Published on 14 Jan. 2010 12:51 AM IST
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: If one has to go by the laid down criteria for the different categories of roads, Nagaland perhaps has not only the worst maintained roads but also has the narrowest roads. There are three different categories of roads which include National Highway (NH), State Highway (SH) and Village Road. Reliable source revealed that as per the laid down criteria, the carpeted area (Black Top) for the National Highway should be 33 feet wide while the formation area should be 45 feet. On the other hand, as per the laid down criteria the thickness of Bituminous Carpet should be ¾ inch. But in most cases of any road repairing or black topping, it is often been done with light coating. Similarly, as per the laid down criteria, carpeted area of the State Highway should be 23 feet and 30-35 feet formation area while for the Village Road it should be 10 feet width carpeted area with place for passing provision. It was learnt that cambering (roof in the middle) of the road surface was a must for both the NH & SH. However, it was observed that most of the roads in Nagaland have no cambering at all. People say this is why the roads in Nagaland were damaged in a single rainy season alone as water seeps under the black top bitumen and causing it to easily peel off. Correspondent

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