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NH-39 cut off on both side of Kohima
Correspondent KOHIMA, AUG 19 (NPN):
Published on 20 Aug. 2010 12:36 AM IST
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Kohima was virtually cut off on both sides of the NH-39 following fresh landslide near Kisama Thursday afternoon.
The landslide at Kisama reportedly occurred at an ongoing construction work site at the approach road to Kisama Naga Heritage Complex which connects the NH-39. Official sources said that bulldozers have been dispatched to work on the site, but were not certain how long it would take to clear the road.
The BRO had earlier pointed out about the construction of the new road using bulldozer which caused immense collateral damage that would cut off NH-39.
On the other side, the NH 39 has been cut off near KMC dumping site since the past week due to subsidence , forcing the BRO to go cut a new alignment of around 300 meters.
The district administration and BRO officials visited the proposed new alignment earlier. It was learnt that land acquisition was also in process and fresh cutting work was simultaneously in progress.
According to BRO sources, the work for fresh cutting of road on the new alignment would take at least three days in good weather condition after which soiling and metalling work would proceed to open the traffic.The BRO however expressed doubts that the two-lane would take longer and expected.
Meanwhile, sources also said one culvert on Niuland - Zhadima road was washed away following Thursday’s heavy and incessant rains.Vehicles moving to Kohima had to return back to Dimapur, while the bridge between NH-61 and NH-31 via Peducha was in danger of giving as it was very old and weakened.
It may be mentioned that vehicles plying between Kohima and Dimapur have been taking the following routes: Kohima - Tsiesema - NH-61 - Peducha - NH-39, Kohima - By-Pass check gate - Jotsoma - NH-39, Kohima By-Pass Check gate - Jotsoma - Khonoma - Mezoma- Shalom Bible Seminary (Sechü)- NH-39 and Kohima - NH-61 (10th Mile Junction) - Zhadima - Niuland Road - Dimapur.
BRO official last week had said that road was being made traffic worthy on war footing by the BRO authorities at damaged locations by putting their resources day and night. As per 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. 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.

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