Western Angami Baptist Church Council (WABCC) has expressed dismay over the state government’s apathy towards maintenance of Jotsoma by-pass road, which is used as an alternative road for Kohima and Dimapur during landslide crises.
A press release issued here by council president Hulie Mor pointed out that the stability of NH-29, the lifeline of Kohima and beyond, was often threatened with landslides, particularly in 2010 which paralyzed regular flow of traffic for about three months.
While lauding efforts of the BRTF in making the highway “motorable”, the council, taking into account the fast approaching monsoon season, expressed serious apprehension on how long the road could withstand landslide crisis.
Maintaining that the by-pass road running through Jotsoma village provided “best option for alternative route” as it offered the shortest route, WABCC underscored the need to repair and widen the road to ensure its stability for commuters.
It reminded that collective efforts were not of much help in the wake of landslide crisis as people did not prepare beforehand, stating it was time that they realized the reality of the problems at hand and acted accordingly.
WABCC stated people could still hope for smooth road connectivity if the government had “sincere will to utilize the little precious time gap” it still had for repairing and widening the by-pass road before the onset of the monsoon.