Kiphire facing acute shortage of essentials

KIPHIRE, AUG 26 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/26/2018 12:05:15 PM IST

Seyochung Area Students’ Union (SASU) has claimed that landslides between Meluri and Kiphire, which has disrupted movement of heavy vehicles between Kiphire and Dimapur for almost four weeks now, has led to “acute shortage” of essential commodities in Kiphire district.

In a press release, SASU said, despite the district administration’s tireless and sincere efforts to deliver basic needs to the people, because of heavy vehicles not plying between Kiphire and Dimapur, the district is experiencing extreme shortage of essential commodities, affecting both the common man and traders alike.

SASU president K Chumseli Anar and general secretary Holise Sangtam fervently appealed to chief minister Neiphiu Rio to visit the area and issue instructions for the early repair of the road between Meluri and Kiphire for the interest of the common people.

Anar lamented that despite the State government being aware of the hardships and difficulties being faced by the people of Kiphire district, especially the shortage of essential commodities for almost four weeks now, it had not taken into serious account the issue of the repairing the said road to ensure that heavy vehicles could ply on them and deliver basic needs to the people. 

SASU warned that if the government did not repair the arterial road within a couple of months, then it would be forced to start a “Gandhian peaceful demonstration” in the district.

It may be recalled that Kiphire had been completely cut off for a while following massive landslides due to the incessant rains that battered Nagaland. 

Even after the roads were cleared, weight restrictions on goods ferrying trucks have resulted in a shortage of essential commodities, especially rice, in Kiphire. 

Reports received on Saturday claimed that trucks were only allowed to carry loads of nine to ten tons. 

The normal weight usually carried is around 18 tons. Three truck loads of rice arrived at Kiphire town on Friday through the efforts of the district administration, and hundreds of people swarmed the trucks hoping to buy some the just arrived rice.

According to reports, the district administration is doing all it can to solve this of shortage of essential commodities.


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