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BRO facing uphill task on NH 39
Correspondent Kohima, Nov 28 (NPN):
Published on 29 Nov. 2010 12:48 AM IST
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With winter season heralding dry months, the stretch of the NH 39 at KMC dumping area where a major landslide occurred, is undergoing a new look as the BRO is working round the clock to pave a new road stretch.
Though BRO officials expressed optimism that the new stretch would be sustained with proper drainage, yet they say it would all depend on the vicissitudes of monsoon weather.
The official pointed out that the entire stretch of the road, as with the composition of the soil in Nagaland is made up mainly of Disang rock or having a high content of clay.
During heavy rains, the clay gets dissolved and the rocks become loose and that sets of the chain reaction for a landslide. That was the case that triggered the massive landslide on the particular stretch.
However, sources said the landslide was precipitated also by the tons of garbage dumped by the KMC. According to BRO, they had informed the authorities about the potential danger of tons of garbage pressing down on the edges of the hillock which could result in a landslide that could trigger a major landslide.
Other factors that have made the road unstable and potentially liable to early wear and tear and landslides are stone quarries that have sprouted up along the NH 39 around the area.
Some of the quarries are mined through usage of explosives that create instability and subsequent rockslides etc. Washing of vehicles on the roadsides also badly damage the roads before their time. Even as the government was critical of the BRO for slow progress of the works, it was learnt that BRO is going to make the bypass road through Jotsoma into a better road though the incline would remain.
A great deal of awareness and responsible action from the people with regard to following the guidelines to sustain roadworthiness of the highways is necessary if roads are to remain open on all weather, BRO sources told this Correspondent.

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