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Landslide disrupts traffic on NH 53
Published on 25 Aug. 2010 11:04 PM IST
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Traffic movement resumed on the National Highway 53 late last evening after a heavy landslide at Manipur’s Tamenlong district blocked the highway connecting Imphal to Silchar.
Official reports said the landslide occurred at K. Sinam village, about 38 km west of here, at six AM.
Passengers travelling in buses and trucks carrying essential items to Imphal were stranded.
Border Road Task Force workers used heavy duty excavotors to clear the debris on the vital highway at late evening, the reports said.
Centre to improve NH 53
Centre as well as UPA Chairperson, Sonia Gandhi has assured of improving Imphal-Jiribam section of NH-53 on war footing considering the frequent disturbances being faced on the Imphal-Dimapur section of the NH-39.
The assurance was given to a team of United Women Development Organisation led by Phajabi Devi in a series of meetings with Central leaders including Sonia Gandhi and Union Home Secretary GK Pillai on August 23 last, team member arrived here on Wednesday claimed.
The team met with Sonia Gandhi and lodged a complaint on the present deplorable condition of the NH-53 with some photographs of badly dilapidated road section.
“Soniaji heard patiently to our revelation and said she knows the situation and assured of bringing up the matter to the level of Prime Minister Home Minister and other concerns,” Phajabi Devi said.
The team also met with the Union Home Secretary, GK Pillai and was produced with a Detail Project Report (DPR) prepared by the Central government for the NH-53 to develop all season route.
Pillai said that Centre was trying its best to improve the NH-53 as all-season road with double lane. The Centre had earmarked Rs 360 crore for the work including repairing week and old bridges on the stretch of the highway.
Further, Pillai assured the team members that Border Road Organisation (BRO) would continue to handle the work and all works to be completed within the next three year, ie, by 2013.

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