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The travails of ‘road show’ on NH 61
Published on 9 Jan. 2011 12:05 AM IST
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For anyone commuting through NH 61 road from Kohima to Mokokchung especially the stretch between Tsungiki bazaar (Wokha) and Doyang junction is a nightmarish experience due to deep potholes and slanting surfaces.
Commuters have often described this stretch as dangerous to travel especially during the rainy season.
There are at least four spots along the stretch where the drivers have to maneuver carefully to avoid hitting the uneven road with the front as well as rear bumpers and silencer pipes. For small cars with low clearance, there is no escape from hitting the road with several parts of the vehicles. For bigger vehicles with heavy loads, there is danger of capsizing owing to overt angling of the road surfaces. These are the places where the pitches have worn out and need immediate repairing. Moreover, these spots are damp and water remains in the potholes for most seasons throughout the year. “This particular stretch is the worst part on NH 61 and the authorities have not done anything to repair the road. I’m sure even officers from the concerned authorities would be traveling this road but none of them have taken any visible initiative to repair the potholes,” a frequent male traveler along the route said.
A Tata Sumo driver said that he always hears the passengers curse the road condition and blaming the authorities. NH 61, which is 240 km long starts from Kohima and ends at Jhanji in Assam. Out of the 240 km, 220 km falls under Nagaland while 20 km is in Assam.

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