Taking note of the highly unstable road berm strata along NH-39, officer in-charge of NH-39, BRTF has appealed residents of Kohima town to stop dumping garbage and loose excavated soil on the road berms between Km 180.200 and Km 180.500, Km 179.300 and Km 179.500 and between Km 178.700 and 178.800 along the highway.
According to officer in charge, the road stretching NH-39 passed through geological fault zones and thus increasing surcharge on loose down slopes would trigger land slides and extensive damages to NH-39 cannot be ruled-out.
A lot of studies of sub-soil condition have been carried-out for the road stretches in the past by the Central Agency like CRRI New Delhi and huge amount of public money has been spent to keep the line of communication through. Road formation at places where soil/garbage has been dumped has started showing signs of distress caving in as monsoon has already started, the officer in charge stated.
Though BRO authorities had persuaded locals not to dump garbage/loose soil, by putting sign boards along the highway appealing not to dump garbage at different locations, “no action to stop dumping of garbage seem to materialize on ground”, the officer in charge added.
Stating that it was high time to maintain safety of road commuters the officer in charge appealed to both residents of Kohima town and district administration to react suitably to the request of BRO to stop dumping of garbage.