The major landslide that occurred near KMC dumping ground on NH-29 (erstwhile NH-39) September last, had earlier cut off the main lifeline of the state capital, Kohima.
However, much to the relief of the people, normal vehicular movement on the highway resumed ahead of the stipulated time at the onset of the state’s mega event, the Hornbill Festival at Kisama.
Many were apprehensive that repairing works would take not less than a year to restore normal traffic across the landslide area.
The credit for the restoration of the highway goes to the efforts put up by the Border Roads Organization (BRO). It was learnt that the BRO deploys more than 50-60 labourers daily, to work incessantly on the landslide area, to ensure that normal vehicular passage was not affected along the stretch of the NH-29.
Prior to the opening of traffic at the landslide area, traveling to and from Kohima had become tiresome to travelers, as vehicles had to take the narrow one-way Jotsoma By-Pass Road and wait for 4-5 hours to get their turn to proceed.
Interacting casually with this reporter, one of the workers working at the stretch said that trying to repair the road was not so arduous despite numerous challenges they faced, as they (BRO workers) were working with collective efforts. One of the major causes that which has contributed to the frequent landslide along the highway could be attributed to the unabated quarry works at NH-29 stretch, particularly between Sechü (Zubza) and Kohima.
What is more disturbing is that, despite BRO instructions through signboards and hoardings along the entire highway, and also through district administrations via circulars, quarry activities have not ceased.
If such illegal quarry works, jhumming activities and cutting of trees at the national highways persisted, road existence would be on high risk and the state would definitely be facing more hardships.