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Traffic menace chokes Kohima
Correspondent KOHIMA:
Published on 6 Mar. 2010 12:31 AM IST
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The state capital Kohima witnessed one of the heaviest traffic on Thursday and Friday, practically leaving the vehicular traffic to a grinding halt and the traffic personnel at a lost. With the sudden inflow of vehicles to the state capital as people from different part of the state throng in to witness the two-day wrestling events which is one of the favorite games of Nagas, the state traffic police were unable to take control of the situation. Practically, there was no space for parking in the heart of the town and also in all the approach roads and traffic came to a grinding halt soon after the wrestling event got over on both the days. Lack of sense among the driver added to the traffic jam as everyone tried to rush ahead and cramped their vehicle to every inch of space available leaving even no space for pedestrian to cross the road. Even those sick could not reach the hospital for treatment and those who had important appointments had failed to meet the deadline. What is more pitiable is that school children faced the brunt of the traffic jam. As they were stranded in the jam, leaving them hungry and weary and many were seeing helplessly crying while, their parents and wards too had harrowing time eagerly waiting their children to return home. Some school children reportedly could reach home only after 7 pm as their school bus got stranded in the traffic jam. The scene was horrible and tiresome, as for one to drive to the main town from BOC took 3 hours or more. Meanwhile, SP Kohima, Zekotso Mero when contacted agreed that the heart of Kohima town was too congested and that any major event should not be held in the heart of the town particularly, Kohima local ground but should be shifted to the outskirt of the town.

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