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NH-39 restoration may take a week: BRO
Correspondent KOHIMA AUG 20 (NPN):
Published on 21 Aug. 2010 12:39 AM IST
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Road at 175 Km, near KMC dumping site on NH-39, has sunk by nearly five meters, over a length of 195 m, and with the continuous rain the sinking is increasing further, said the BRO today.
Pointing out that restoration of existing alignment was becoming increasingly difficult, the BRO said it was now in the process of cutting a fresh alignment, which could take at least a week.
Currently BRO has deployed 12 tipper trucks, three bulldozers, two JCBs, two road rollers besides manpower for early rectification of damages, however, not much headway could be made due to incessant rain, said BRO officiating commander EE (civ) R.C. Agaslmani in a press release.
Maintaining that it was now exploring the feasibility of re-alignment to make alternative arrangement for traffic, the BRO has requested the commuters to bear with the inconvenience.
Stating that area was covered with sub soil seepage of water in the entire hill region, the BRO EE said ponding of water for agricultural purposes on the ridges has further aggravates the problem.
“These mountain stretches have a predominant shale/clay composition (argillaceous sand and stone which shale) which after absorbing excess water, tend to flow down,” the BRO officer said.
Further, stating that degradation of natural forest cover was severely affecting the road, the BRO said the problem was becoming more acute by the year, and that situation could become irretrievable soon.
In light of the above, the BRO urged the people to preserve the hills along NH-39 and stop quarrying along the road.
Also, urging the people not to carry out agriculture along the highway, the BRO requested not to cut off branch roads from the main road of the highway.

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