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Increased rainfall this year

A view of the sinking road on NH 39 near the KMC dumping site. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, AUG 9 (NPN):
Published on 10 Aug. 2010 12:51 AM IST
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As this year witnessed one of the heaviest rainfall, the BRO which is manning the NH-39, the lifeline of Nagaland capital Kohima and neighbouring Manipur is facing a Herculean task in dealing with the nature as the saturated mud prompted landslide and sinking on many stretches of the highway.
According to BRO official record, 604 mm rainfall was recorded last tear at Zubza till August whereas it has recorded upto 1293.75 mm during the same period this year. The heavy rainfall has caused series of landslides and sinking along the NH-39 and so far 12 such sinking and landslides has occurred within the jurisdiction of the BRO.
BRO official said that the sinking have so far been noticed at Km 165.500, Km 175.000, Km 180.400, Km 180.600, Km 209.650, Km 211.700, Km 219.120, Km 221.350, Km 221.800, Km 222.300, Km 223.450 and Km 227.800. It attributed the sinking mainly due to passing of over loaded trucks on saturated hills along the NH-39. The overloaded trucks often breakdown mainly at Km 175.000 and Km 227.800 leading to traffic jam on the NH-39.
However, the BRO official said that the road was being made traffic worthy on war footing by the BRO authorities at damaged locations by putting their resources day and night.
Various other artificial hindrances added to the traffic problem on the NH-39. One such instance, which the BRO had pointed out was at Km 175 (near Kachara Nallah) on NH-39 where a boundary wall was constructed with bamboo chatai for the garbage yard adjacent to Black Top surface by the Kohima Municipal Council. This made the road narrower and had become blockade prone as well as accident prone area.
Moreover, the KMC vehicles often dump garbage by parking on the carriage way of the National Highway, causing traffic blockage and hindrance to the road users. In this regard, the BRO has requested the KMC to shift the boundary wall at least 3 mtrs away from the road surface and to park the vehicles inside the boundary wall for unloading of garbage so that any hindrance to traffic could be avoided.
Even though rainfall has been recorded to be doubled the year, the number of damages during this monsoons was at minimum due to better maintenance of the road prior to monsoons, the BRO claimed.

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