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Massive sinking along NH-29

Massive sinking along NH-29
Hume-pipes being placed at the sinking area near old KMC dumping site, Thursday night. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 4 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/4/2019 11:43:02 AM IST

Even as the rainy season has just begun, massive subsidence was reported on NH-29 at the old KMC dumping site, about 5 km from here (TCP gate) on Thursday morning. Many vehicles were stranded and had to take the alternative route through Jotsoma bypass.

Interacting with Nagaland Post at the sinking site, engineers from National Highway– Er Vikishe Yepthomi and Er Imkong Sungit– informed that the minor subsidence on Wednesday was restored the same day itself. However, heavy rainfall on Wednesday night worsened the situation and the area again sank by more than six feet by Thursday morning.

The officials said that sufficient machineries were pressed into services and that more were expected to reach the site by Thursday evening. They however expressed apprehension that if the weather worsened, then it would take more time then expected to restore the affected portion. 

Road construction machineries were seen clearing the loose soil to be filled up with boulder stones. However, since the soil was loose and unstable, the officials told Nagaland Post that a permanent restoration might not be immediately possible. 

North Traffic OC Mhathung Patton, who was also at the site, expressed confidence that at least light vehicles would be allowed to ply by Thursday evening. However, heavy vehicles would restricted only on a trial basis and in phases. Over 70 trucks were stranded till late afternoon, while light vehicles were diverted towards Jotsoma bypass. It was learnt that Peducha bypass was also not able for passage of heavy vehicle due to fresh cutting. Sources said the old bridge was too weak to bear the weight of heavy vehicles that weighed more than 10 tonnes.

 

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