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Landslide threaten to cut off communication
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUNE 28 (NPN):
Published on 29 Jun. 2011 12:25 AM IST
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Following heavy downpour during the past one week, flash mudslides and sinking of road on NH-29 is posing grave threat to cut off the state capital including the neighbouring state of Manipur from the rest of the country.
Even as flash land and mudslide were reported in different places on NH-29 between Dimapur and Kohima, the main concern remains on the old landslide area at old KMC dumping site about 7kms away from state capital.
“BRTF have been clearing the road”, said DySP (T) Melite Kapfo when contacted by Nagaland Post.
Sinking of road on the said highway were also reported at several places including a spot right below Naga Hospital Kohima which has already damaged half portion of the road and may deteriorate if there is continuous rainfall
Meanwhile, there are three alternative roads leading to the state capital i.e. Kohima by-pass road, Jotsoma via Khonoma and Mezoma to Zubza and the new road connecting 10th mile with Peducha. However, commuters do not favor taking these routes as they are in such a deplorable condition, that vehicles can barely move.
On the other hand, disruption of traffic on NH-29 has badly affected commuters particularly those plying between Kohima and Dimapur, while on the other hand the zonal taxis have been taking advantage of the situation by hiking the fare.
Taxi fare which was earlier unofficially hiked from `130 to `150 and then to `200 per passenger, is now reportedly hiked to `300 per passenger plying between Kohima and Dimapur through the alternative routes.

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